“Innovation like never before is the only way to provide the massively scalable learning Africa needs: Educational technology is vital. Population growth and economic growth demand it.” Jim Teicher, Director and CEO CyberSmart Africa, @ New York City United Nations
Jim Teicher, CEO of CyberSmart Africa is interviewed by Russell Southwood CEO of Balancing Act, a consultancy and research organization specializing in the Technology, Media and Telcom industries in Africa.
- There is a new, huge growth opportunity for telcoms to provide value added services to education, and to reach rural and underserved areas — where the vast majority of schools lack electricity.
- “I started CyberSmart Africa after seeing hundreds of millions of dollars flushed down the toilet in a variety of technology projects in sub-Saharan schools that were completely unsustainable…and totally ignored the specific needs of the majority of classrooms without electricity.”
- Information poverty needs to be addressed at massive scale.
- The CyberSmart Digital Platform is entering a pilot phase in 50 Senegalese middle schools. The impact will be enormous and immediate — virtual science experiments in classrooms that have never had any science equipment! The pilot will set the stage for massive scale throughout the region and globally.
CyberSmart Africa, provider of a mobile digital learning platform to schools without electricity, is the winner of the Game-Changing Innovation award at the prestigious West Africa Com Awards that took place today July 11, 2017 in Dakar Senegal.
The West Africa Com Awards celebrates the most impressive achievements in West Africa’s telecommunications, digital and ICT sectors. The award for Game-Changing Innovation honors the new product, solution or business model that has the potential to change the way the market works.
The CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform delivers up-to-date learning and teaching resources to the vast majority of schools that have no electricity. This all-in-one mobile device offers the world’s most advanced learning technologies, quality multimedia content and teacher training.
Easy to use as a mobile phone, the CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform is simple to use and simpler to maintain. Teachers push a single button and teach. Previously unavailable instructional materials — maps, photos, videos and up-to-date quality content—directly support classroom learning.
Jim Teicher, CEO and founder of CyberSmart Africa noted “Our strategy is based on insights from our 9-year grassroots collaboration with teachers across rural Senegal. I am very excited to receive this award and want to acknowledge the many Senegalese teachers who shared their thinking with us over the past years.
We learned from them that it’s simply impossible to adapt existing commercially available technologies to address the digital divide. That’s why we created the CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform. We cut out cumbersome equipment, eliminated costly structural requirements and adopted a whole-class model to immediately impact the greatest number of students. At each point along the way, the Senegalese teachers input guided us to the solution that won this award today. Thankyou.”
CyberSmart Africa’s strategy is based on insights from our 9-year grassroots collaboration with teachers across rural Senegal.We learned that it’s simply impossible to adapt existing commercially available technologies. The reality is that these existing technologies were not designed for use in developing countries. That’s why we created the CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform.
With the CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform, teachers push a single button and teach. Previously unavailable instructional materials — maps, photos, videos and up-to-date quality content—directly support classroom learning.
Pictured below- the community celebrates in our first pilot school. We were honored guests.
Sciences lessons using images, videos and interactive learning, at Ecole Sinthiou Mbadane 1 in rural Senegal, teaches students the critical importance of avoiding and recognizing parasitic diseases to reduce the risk of serious illness.
Even schools without electricity — the vast majority of all schools in sub-Saharan Africa – can benefit from this engaging instruction using The CyberSmart Digital Learning platform.
Later, these same students are administered the appropriate dosage of anti-parasite medication.
Photo taken of a tangled mess of wires in a rural Senegalese school #ict4d project that hasn’t been used in years. No maintenance. No teacher training. No student learning. The solution? The CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform – as easy to use as a mobile phone.
Excitant d'être ici. Exciting to be here. # Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal,"There can be no progress, no democracy without education for all."