Are you a policymaker, EdTech developer, educator, or parent? Are you interested in how technology and personalised learning can equitably help enhance student engagement and learning outcomes? Do you think about how the data collected by digital tools can best impact learners’ progress? These are some of the questions we have been asking at EdTech Hub. Read on to find…

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The Road Ahead for EdTech in Kenya: Reflections and Insights from the 2023 Kenya EdTech Summit

Our blog sheds light on the conversations held during the 2023 Annual Kenya EdTech Summit, with a focus on the significance of delving into EdTech solutions for foundational learning and responding to educational access challenges during emergencies. We also delve into the significance of fostering collaboration and taking a holistic approach to crafting EdTech solutions, all while emphasising the role…

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This blog forms part of a wider research study on digital personalised learning to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes in Kenyan classrooms, and outlines emergent findings from a randomised controlled trial following the first two rounds of assessment (baseline and midline). The preliminary findings will be strengthened after further analyses and endline assessment. Most research on digital personalised learning (DPL)…

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Over 1.6 billion students were affected by Covid-19 school closures, with an estimated global average of 14 weeks of school lost  (UNESCO, 2021). This compounded a learning crisis that existed before the pandemic and has increased inequality, as the most marginalized were often left without structured learning for longer periods (Brookings, 2022).  With nearly 90% of countries utilizing some form…

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Raising readers

This blog is the first in a series exploring Raising Readers, an EdTech Hub and Worldreader research project set in Kenya seeking to better understand what drives parental engagement in learning and generate new evidence on what works in terms of learner equity, quality, and cost-efficiency. This blog sets out the human-centered design approach undertaken by Kenyan school officials, parents,…

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Educational technologies (EdTech) have been used in a multitude of ways to enable children to gain greater access to impactful and continuous education. At the same time, differences in EdTech use and access, across and within countries, also show that the use of EdTech can contribute to exacerbating long-standing structural inequalities. Consideration of equity is crucial in ensuring that the…

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In February 2022 in Kiambu County, Kenya, 22 km from the nation’s capital city of Nairobi, we are driving through the coffee plantation within Tatu city, a developing and economic area. We approached Tatu primary school, a national and county government-run school to talk with them about having recently started using digital personalised learning platforms for children from 4-6 years…

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The RLH’s Learning Passport on a smartphone

Building a platform to allow governments to quickly select, approve, and reuse existing Open Educational Resources As the Covid-19 crisis led to school closures in March 2020, governments all over the world scrambled to move to remote teaching. But many countries struggled to find enough content to cover large parts of their curricula. Especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, fragile…

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Kenya’s remote learning offerings are an example for the region — but how did they come about and what model does Kenya provide? The recent disruptions in education caused by Covid led many countries to quickly implement remote learning interventions. Kenya’s Educational Media Directorate — part of the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development (KICD) — provides a model for implementing…

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In Part 2 of our strategy, we go deeper into EdTech Hub’s integrated approach to how we work, where we work, and how that comes together with our topics to inform our theory of change. Verna Lalbeharie, Executive Director The EdTech Hub integrated approach We do research because it is imperative to build deep quantitative and qualitative insight regarding how…

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