Our Focus on Kenya

EdTech Hub develops and delivers evidence in EdTech. We work in partnership with researchers and stakeholders to find solutions to education challenges. Our topic areas include: Data for Decisions, Digital Personalised Learning (DPL), Girls’ Education & Technology, Participation & Messaging and Teacher Continuous Professional Development (TCPD).

In Kenya, we focus on Girls’ Education & Technology and Participation & Messaging.

Learn more about our projects and programmes in our other focus countries: Bangladesh, Ghana, Pakistan, Sierra LeoneTanzania.

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EdTech Hub activities in Kenya

Kenyan teachers singing a traditional song with a group of children

The influence of Kenya’s educational system extends beyond its borders.

The country has a long history of trying out different formats of educational technology that serves as an example to neighbouring countries. Its recent and ongoing transition to a competency-based curriculum has shown both promise and challenges in its implementation, but like the old curriculum, Kenya’s experiences will inspire the region.

EdTech Hub works closely with the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and other government partners, supports interventions from partners and conducts a number of hub-led and at-scale research initiatives in the country.

Digital Personalised Learning (DPL)

What is Digital Personalised Learning? Technology to support personalised learning and teaching at the level of the student.

The challenge facing the education sector: Teaching is often not targeted at the level of the student. Classes have wide ranging learning levels. Many students do not learn effectively, becoming disengaged.

And so we ask: How can technology be used to maximise the effectiveness of personalised learning and teaching at the level of the student?

Telephone Survey: Caregivers’ and Learners’ Perspectives on SMS for Education in Kenya – This research instrument presents the structure and questions used for a telephone survey which was undertaken with a sample of learners who use the M-Shule platform and their caregivers, in Kenya, during July and August 2022. The tool was developed as part of an EdTech Hub research project. We are publishing the tool in order to promote openness, reuse, and replicability in research processes.

Girls' Education & Technology

What is Girls’ Education & Technology? Technology that tackles the barriers girls face in the pursuit of education.

The challenge facing the education sector: Girls are educationally marginalised in most countries. Yet, the evidence is that educating girls is among the most effective ways to end poverty at community level.

And so we ask: How can technology be used to maximise learning outcomes for girls? And how can Digital Personalised Learning (DPL), Teacher Continuous Professional Development (TCPD), Data for Decisions, and Participation & Messaging be viewed through a lens of educating girls.

Participation & Messaging

What is Participation & Messaging? Technology to promote participation in school.

The challenge facing the education sector: A significant number of children are out of school worldwide and this situation has been exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19. Many of the most marginalised who were previously enrolled in schools are at risk of never returning.

And so we ask: How can nudge technologies and messaging apps be used to re-engage students, reduce the number of out-of-school children, and improve learning outcomes?

Other EdTech Topics

Introducing our Research Portfolio

Thirteen studies exploring some of the most pressing design, implementation and analysis questions facing the EdTech community today.

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Discover our Helpdesk

EdTech Hub supports education decision-makers to incorporate the latest globally informed, locally relevant knowledge and evidence into choices related to EdTech.

FCDO Education Advisers, World Bank staff and UNICEF staff who work closely with ministries of education in low- and middle-income countries can request and receive short-term, discrete support from the EdTech Hub Helpdesk.

We work with requesters to support the “what” and “how” of EdTech-enabled approaches. We seek approaches that are evidence-based, contextually appropriate, realistic to implement, and cost-effective.

If you can’t submit a Helpdesk request, you can still get answers. We’ve summarised the findings from previous Helpdesk requests for you to explore.

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