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What we do

The CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform reaches classrooms without electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa and developing countries. We are a social enterprise dedicated to enabling schools everywhere to be 21st century schools.


Fast growing demand fueled by demographic explosion

Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing countries have the fastest growing youth populations in the world. Without an affordable way to provide up-to-date quality educational materials to reach these children, they do not stand a chance to meet their own needs –a fundamental human right.

The CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform addresses this need with a single all-in-one mobile unit, packaging the world’s most advanced learning technologies, quality multimedia content and teacher training.  Our  partners and working relationships include USAID, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, The Senegalese Ministry of Education and Orange.


Easy to use as a mobile phone

Simple to use. Simpler to maintain. The CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform is designed to reach classrooms without electricity.

The  highly durable unit contains a solar panel and solar rechargeable batteries, an Android computer, an energy-efficient super-bright projector, interactive whiteboard capabilities, speakers loud enough for classroom use, advanced 3-D capability, cooling fans, and a unique dust filtration system.

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Reaching all classrooms

3 in 4 Sub-Saharan Africa primary schools lack electricity (UNESCO 2015) . These schools cannot be reached by conventional computer lab and lap-top programs and are currently ignored.

In the handful of schools where computers and tablets are used —too few devices serve large numbers of students. Continual power outages prohibit reliable use. Ongoing and costly maintenance issues impede timely repairs. The result?  The existing technology sits unused.

The CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform meets the needs of all classrooms.

Sustainable innovation, grass-roots developed

Our strategy is based on insights from our 8-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. We cut out cumbersome equipment, eliminated costly structural requirements and immediately impacted the greatest number of students with a whole-class learning model.


Cybersmart Digital Learning Platform for classrooms without electricity

A proven game-changer

Our USAID Proof-of-Concept demonstrated how the CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform effectively delivers previously unavailable instructional materials — maps, photos, videos and up-to-date quality content—to directly support classroom learning.

Teachers gain precious classroom instructional time because they no longer have to copy lessons onto the blackboard.


How we do it

Teachers push a single button and teach. Previously unavailable instructional materials — maps, photos, videos and up-to-date quality content—directly support classroom learning.



Proven Digital Learning Platform

The world’s first. A single mobile unit delivers a complete learning platform with advanced technologies designed specifically for classrooms without electricity .

Quality Interactive Learning Content

  Quality content — all previously unavailable — enrich and support classroom learning.

Sustained Teacher Training

50 % more teacher training . Tech-lite. The focus is now on the research-proven best way to impact student learning.



A solution designed for scale and sustainable impact.



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Sustain impact with training

The CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform provides 50% more teacher training than conventional computer lab and lap-top technology models. By cutting out cumbersome equipment and eliminating costly structural requirements, we shift the focus to teacher training – the single research-proven best way to impact student learning. Educators collaborate together with CyberSmart SMS mobile-text delivered coaching, professional learning communities, workshops and a knowledgebase of video tutorials. 

Measurable, proven impact on classroom learning

Students’ engagement dramatically increases with previously unavailable instructional materials that directly supports active, learner-centered classroom instructional strategies. Teachers gain precious classroom instructional time.  

Built for sustainable, massive scale

We use a whole-class learning model to  impact more students on a daily basis. With just one single unit, the CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform currently reach 250 students per school each day. At only $1.00/student/month, it is built on a highly scalable, sustainable model.


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Students 2015 (250 per school)


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Our valued partners have included


United States Agency for International Development. A successful multi-school proof-of concept was completed under USAID.


Senegalese Ministry of Education

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Earth Institute at Columbia University


United Nations Development Programme


The Women’s Health Education and Prevention Strategies Alliance

  • We look forward to an ongoing collaboration … with a model that is truly sustainable and scalable expanding throughout Africa.

    Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • …. in the end it is usually the most practical solutions that find traction with teachers and students. 

    Michael Trucano, World Bank EduTech Blog post about CyberSmart Africa


Our social enterprise's world-class team of expert advisors, consultants and collaborators.

Jim Teicher, Founder CyberSmart Africa
Mala Bawer, CyberSmart Education (USA)
Molly Melching, Advisor
Matt Berg, Advisor
Momar Dieng, PhD. Advisor
Pape Momar Sow, Advisor
Helen Abadzi,PhD. Advisor
Jules Aw, Pedagogical Consultant, Senegal
Sarah Nehrling, Project Manager, Senegal
Linda English, Advisor
Julia Frazier, PhD. Advisor
Birame Ndour, School Director, Advisor, Senegal
Abdoulaye Ka, Teacher Advisor, Senegal
Mounirou Cissé, Teacher Advisor, Senegal
Emilie Ndiaye, Teacher Advisor, Senegal
Badara Ndao, Teacher Advisor, Senegal
Arona Toure, Teacher Advisor, Senegal
André Badiate, Teacher Advisor, Senegal
Roland Dietz, Business Consultant
David Saphier, Business Consultant



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