iMlango is an e-learning programme developed for African schools, with its First Phase mobilising now in Kenya. It delivers digital access, smartcard-based attendance monitoring and online learning tools to primary schools. This First Phase is delivering improved education outcomes to 150,000 children - including 52,000 marginalised girls - in 205 schools.

iMlango is supported by the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and delivered by four companies working in partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID): Global satellite operator Avanti Communications; sQuid, the smartcard and digital payments system provider; online maths tutoring provider, Whizz Education; education NGO, Camara Education

This unique programme is capturing the attention of children, teachers, government and aid agencies as it pioneers the creating of a digital education profile for children. For the children in Kenya, iMlango is the doorway to a better education.

You can follow our story and updates on this website, as we work alongside amazing people on the journey to make iMlango a reality in some of the most demanding areas of Kenya’s beautiful but challenging country.

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The Idea

sQuid and Avanti Communications together developed the iMlango Programme for Kenya, which launched in January 2015. Both organisations are committed to the education sector, bringing complementary capabilities with Avanti’s low cost broadband by satellite, and sQuid’s technology resources including electronic attendance monitoring and a learning portal.

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Tackling Poverty

World Bank data estimates the number of people living on under $1.25 a day at well over 1 billion worldwide. About half of Sub-Saharan Africans live on under $1.25 a day. A substantial proportion live just above this line. Over 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 a day, with nearly three-quarters of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa falling into this category.

At these levels of poverty, most income is spent on food. There is little ownership of productive assets (bicycles, sewing machines, tractors, etc.) and access to TV and radio is often very limited, as is access to electricity, water and sanitation. Accompanying this situation is poor health, poor education, unpredictability and risk.

By contrast, the developed world doubles living standards every 50 years. Human capital growth and development of values has underpinned this advancement.

In the developing world, poverty and the issues that surround it are in the immediate focus for individuals. With such focus, human capital development and values enhancement are not able to flourish, and so living standards do not improve significantly.

Education is one of the most significant drivers to help overcome this situation. There are many studies and observations demonstrating the link between education and escape from poverty, and there are many ways to address access to and improvement in education. But the most significant challenge is delivering scale improvement in education in regions such as sub Saharan Africa.

iMlango strives to provide access to better education - supporting teachers, students and communities, targeting girls previously marginalised from the system. Together, these can help lift the context away from the immediate of poverty.

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iMlango Infographic

The infographic below visualises the scale and importance of iMlango. Please click on the infographic to view an enlarged version.

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