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What we do

CyberSmart Africa provides a mobile learning technology platform built specifically for classrooms in developing countries - especially those off the electric grid. It’s a single unit — easy-to-use as a mobile phone.

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Our goal: educate the fastest growing youth population.

CyberSmart Africa provides the world’s first mobile learning technology platform designed at the grassroots for classrooms in developing world — especially those without electricity.

 The CyberSmart Learning Platform packages the most advanced learning technologies, quality content, and training into a single mobile unit.

Previously unavailable instructional materials — maps, photos, videos and up-to-date quality content—now quickly and easily enrich and directly support classroom learning. Teachers gain precious classroom instructional time because they no longer have to copy lessons onto the blackboard for their classroom of students who have no textbooks.

 

Classrooms CyberSmart Africa reaches

We’re reaching the unreachable schools.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the fastest growing youth population in the world. It will be impossible to effectively educate these young people without the use of technology.

We know that technology alone does not improve learning — but without the help of technology in the classroom, developing countries will struggle to educate their growing student population and catch up to the rest of the word.

Previous educational technology programs in Sub-Saharan Africa have dramatically failed.  Most schools — 80% — are unreachable with the current models (computer labs or laptops) because they lack electricity and basic infrastructure.

 

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We have a proven game-changer.

We completed a successful USAID proof-of-concept in elementary and middle schools across rural Senegal. Since then we’ve been refining our learning technology platform.

Our strategy is based entirely on our 8-year grassroots collaboration with these teachers in rural schools.

We have successfully demonstrated that technology-integrated classroom learning – which is commonplace in developed nations – can be equally valuable and practical in developing nations. We proved that the appropriate use of technology saves learning time and provides learning resources that would otherwise be inaccessible.

 

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A Proven New Learning Technology

The world’s first learning technology platform designed at the grassroots for classrooms in the developing world. Innovative, but highly practical, it’s a single unit — easy-to-use as a mobile phone.

Quality Interactive Learning Content

  Quality content — all previously unavailable — now enriches classroom learning.  Teachers gain valuable classroom instructional time because they no longer have to copy lessons onto the blackboard.

Sustained Teacher Training

We provide 50% more teacher training than traditional models for educational technology, focusing on the research-proven best way to impact student learning.

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How we do it

Teachers push a single button and teach.

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Grassroots development

We’ve seen the handful of schools where computers and tablets are currently used — where too few devices serve large numbers of students. We’ve experienced the continual power outages that prohibit reliable use. We’ve seen the ongoing and costly maintenance issues impeding timely repairs. The result?  The existing technology sits unused.

Our mobile learning technology strategy is based entirely on insights from our 8-year collaboration with teachers in rural Senegal, testing different technologies.  We listened. Observed closely. And listened some more.

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Tech-lite mobile innovation

We learned 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 Learning Platform –a single mobile unit – based on a whole-class learning model. We cut out cumbersome equipment, eliminated costly structural requirements and immediately impacted the greatest number of students in schools with and without electricity.

 

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Easy to use as a mobile phone

The CyberSmart Learning Platform packages the world’s most advanced learning technologies, quality content, and training into a single mobile unit. It contains an Android computer, an energy-efficient super-bright projector, interactive whiteboard capabilities, solar rechargeable batteries, speakers loud enough for classroom use, advanced 3-D capability, cooling fans, and a unique dust filtration system.

All packaged in one highly durable aluminum unit, it moves quickly between classrooms impacting hundreds of student in a single day.

 

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Impact

A solution designed for scale and sustainable impact.

 

 

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Built for massive scale

Our mobile learning technology platform uses a whole-class learning model so that we impact more students on a daily basis. With just one single unit we currently reach 250 students per school each day.

Built on a sustainable model, the CyberSmart Learning Platform is highly scalable at $1.00/student/month.

 

Measurable, proven impact on classroom learning

Students’ engagement dramatically increases with previously unavailable instructional materials — maps, photos, videos and up-to-date quality content— that now quickly and easily enrich and directly support classroom learning. 

Teachers gain precious classroom instructional time using the CyberSmart Learning Platform.  Active learner-centered instructional strategies (based on documented 'What Works' research) are designed to have a measurable impact on learning.

Sustain impact with training

The CyberSmart Learning Platform provides 50% more teacher training than traditional educational technology models.

Older classroom technology models are caught in a cycle of buying, installing, and maintaining equipment. By cutting out cumbersome equipment and eliminating costly structural requirements,we shift the focus back to where it should be – 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. 

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2250

Students 2011 (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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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
about

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  

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