The data speaks for itself. Children in sub-Saharan Africa are not learning. But irregular attendance, repetition, and inadequate teacher training are not the real problems. Rather, they are merely symptoms of much larger systemic weaknesses. The international development community, including The World Bank and USAID, feed into the dysfunction — and are partially to blame for it — by funding and then funding again inefficient and ineffective bureaucracies and contractors.
There are a variety of solutions and based on our lessons learned in Senegal over 12 years, our 2019 focus is on launching a new, massively scalable education social network – SmartSenegal.com aimed at helping teachers directly.
Teachers are already heavy users of Facebook and WhatsApp users and SmartSenegal.com provides them with an even better platform designed specifically with features to meet educator needs. An easily searchable content library providing content that would otherwise be unavailable, coaching groups, and education-focused e-commerce — all to make it easier for teachers.
Our 2019 focus on social network growth is core to growing the CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform.