Mbheni School for Girls, Mombasa, Kenya, Tim Mansel.

Mbheni School for Girls, Mombasa, Kenya, Tim Mansel.

Camara is delighted to announce its strategic partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and corporate partners Avanti, sQuid and Whizz Education, in an innovative new project to improve learning and educational outcomes for 25,675 marginalised girls, across 195 primary schools in Kenya.

“Project iMlango is hugely exciting for Camara Education. It is an honour to work with the Department for International Development for the first time. It is also exciting to work with such a diverse and successful set of companies in the consortium.” said our CEO John Fitzsimons. “In addition, the Monitoring and Evaluation results will, no doubt, demonstrate that when ICT in Education is done properly it has a significant impact on the quality of education. However for all our excitement, it is nothing compared to that of the Kenyan students who will have access to a hugely improved education shortly.”

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This ground-breaking partnership between public and private sectors will deliver e-learning programmes to thousands of marginalised girls in Kenya under Project iMlango, a first of its kind e-learning partnership.

The integrated programme uniquely addresses the cultural and financial issues that can lead to reduced school attendance and drop outs, with electronic attendance monitoring and conditional payments to families. At the programme’s core sits an internet learning platform accessed via high-speed satellite broadband connectivity, where partners provide students with interactive, individualised learning tools.

First i-mlango container arrives in Kenya

First i-mlango container arrives in Kenya

Project iMlango delivers:

  • High-speed satellite broadband connectivity to schools;
  • Personalised maths tuition with a virtual online tutor, alongside digital learning content for maths, literacy and life skills;
  • Tuition and support to teachers to use ICT in their teaching;
  • Electronic attendance monitoring with conditional payments – to incentivise families to send their daughters to school – for use with local merchants;
  • In-field capacity in IT, technology and support resources;
  • Real-time project monitoring and measurement;

The programme has been designed with the ability to measure and benchmark Project iMlango’s impact in real-time. Data includes daily attendance statistics at the whole school level for over 100,000 children, as well as measurement of access to the learning platform and charting each student’s individual progress over time.

The first container full of computers for the i-mlango project has arrived safely at our Mombasa hub, the machines are ready to be dispatched to project schools. Camara’s Dublin team is working hard to source computers to fill three more containers to make this project a reality. You can help Camara by donating your old computers for reuse in education!