With schools in Kenya closed until September 2020, most parents have found themselves directly responsible for the learning needs of their children. This is not an easy task, and one of the challenges is that many people do not know what resources are available that can assist, and which ones can be applied in areas with low connectivity or where smartphones are not readily available.
Already, there are several eLearning initiatives taking place with varying degrees of success, but there still exist a lot of digital technologies that can be applied and can fit almost all the situations. Here is the list of seven common ones in Kenya.
- Eneza Education offers revision and learning materials and can be accessed through SMS and USSD for ages 9 – 18 years. It offers different topics and an option for live chat with a teacher.
- Hadithi! Hadithi is an android app for 6 and 7-year-olds by e-limu that provides learning materials for both English and Kiswahili at the foundation level.
- M-Shule is an SMS based learning platform that uses AI to gauge a student’s capacity and offer personalized learning content through an SMS interface. The content is for Mathematics and English language.
- Ubongo Kids is a multi-device app that offers learning in a gamification way. It offers edutainment content that can be accessed via apps and through free to air TV in Kenya, with content for various age groups.
- Kytabu is a mobile and web app textbook subscription application that allows students to rent preinstalled textbooks on a low-cost tablet or desktop application. It has content for any Kenyan curriculum for all levels, as well as revision materials for exams. It also features a software suite that can be used for school and classroom management.
- Funke Science is a platform that seeks to showcase the best of science through simple but funky experiments that can be tried out by kids at home. It has many easy to follow videos that are available on social media networks.
- M-Lugha is a language learning app for children covering most of the Northern Kenya languages. It has content for ECD Level, PP1, PP2, and grades 1-3 in 17 languages and specifically targets rural kids.
Parents or guardians need to go through the online learning platforms that they intend to have their children use so that they can offer guidance where needed, as well as establish the suitability of the platforms.
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