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The future of education in Africa is mobile – Samson Abioye

By March 20, 2017 No Comments

Despite the increasing number of children attending school in Africa, 30 million of them are still out of school. That’s 50% of the total world’s population of children not in education. This is not to mention children without qualified teachers or those receiving lessons in dilapidated infrastructures — Samson Abioye

During the just concluded social media week, Samson Abioye, LEAP Africa 2017 SIP Fellow shared his thoughts on the future of education in Nigeria. Some key points from his presentation:

  • The massive education problem in Africa creates opportunities for start-ups in the informal and supplementary learning field as well as those supporting teachers within the formal education system.
  • Digital access for students is one of the lowest hanging fruit to make access to opportunities in EdTech a more level playing ground.
  • EdTech should be demand driven (to make it sustainable) and must address educators need in order to achieve a perfect product-market fit.
  • Government must stop buying devices but solutions in order to contribute to development in EdTech. Therefore there must be a plan to equip the hardwares with educative solutions.
  • We need to build bridge solutions that takes users a step at a time from traditional to 21st century learning thereby giving the much needed personalized experience.

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Nigeria can leapfrog the educational gap by providing technology driven solutions that gives every child a learning experience that caters to their needs and pace of learning. According to UNESCO, in Nigeria alone, 8.7 million children are not attending school . Also considering the drop-out rate from primary to secondary school and secondary to university, very few students make it to higher institutions.

I and my team built to help secondary and pre-university students study and prepare for college entrance examinations since about 70% of those candidates fail yearly, that is over 1 million students. A better way to solve this problem would be to address the educational system from the root – primary education. This of course will require billions of dollars to achieve. Since then we’ve seen 250,000 candidates, some who are currently not in school, use the app to study and prepare for their exams, that’s just a tiny example of how to infuse technology in education.

The future of Africa education is mobile and relies on integrating technology to effectively distribute educational resources capable of tracking learning curve and outcome.

BRCK Education in Kenya is a good example. They enable children in schools across emerging markets to access digital educational tools for better learning from a tablet.

If this model is replicated and successfully scaled in other parts of Africa, it will greatly reduce cost and subsequently increase the quality of education in Africa.


Samson Abioye – 2nd right


Samson with other panelists – 3rd right 

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