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 education these children do not stand a chance to meet their own needs –a fundamental human right.
We aim to provide a sustainable education to these youth with the CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform. A single mobile unit, it packages the world’s most advanced learning technologies, quality multimedia content and teacher training.
Our partners include USAID, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, and The Senegalese Ministry of Education.
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.
Tech-lite 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.
Reaching all classrooms
60% of classrooms in Sub-Saharan Africa lack electricity and basic infrastructure. These classrooms 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.
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.