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What we do

CyberSmart Africa is a social enterprise providing the world's first classroom learning technology platform designed specifically to meet the needs of developing regions.

Fast growing demand fueled by demographic explosion

The CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform is designed to deliver up-to-date learning and teaching resources to the vast majority of schools that have no electricity in sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions.

Directly addressing UN Sustainable Development goals, this single all-in-one mobile device offers the world’s most advanced learning technologies, quality multimedia content and teacher training. A game-changing solution.

Easy to use as a mobile phone

Simple to use. Simpler to maintain.

The  highly durable device contains a solar panel, 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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How we do it

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.

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Reaching all classrooms

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

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

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.

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 model.

A proven game-changer

Our USAID Proof-of-Concept demonstrated how the CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform effectively delivers previously unavailable instructional materials to directly support classroom learning.  Teachers gain precious classroom instructional time because they no longer have to copy lessons onto the blackboard.

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Proven Digital Learning Platform

The world’s first classroom learning platform specifically designed to meet the needs of the developing world.

Quality Interactive Learning Content

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

Sustained Teacher Training

Tech-lite. Focusing on the research-proven best way to impact student learning with 50% more teaching training.

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Impact

The CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform: a solution designed for scale and sustainability.

 

 

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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 less than $1.00/student/month, it is built on a highly scalable, sustainable model.

Sustain impact with training

We provide 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, and a knowledgebase of video tutorials. 

 

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2250

Students 2015 (250 per school)

12500

Students 2016

1250000

Students 2018

10000000

Students 2020

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Partners

Our valued partners have included

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

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Senegalese Ministry of Education

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Earth Institute at Columbia University

 

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United Nations Development Programme

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Orange

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The Women’s Health Education and Prevention Strategies Alliance

 

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  • 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
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CyberSmart & Senegal Ministry of Education (FRENCH)
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Team

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

 

contact

  Phone 1.908.221.1516, information@cybersmart.org

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