Camara Education is hugely honoured and excited to announce the iMlango project is the winner of the Dóchas “Innovative Programme of the Year” Award. The Dóchas Awards celebrate innovative and inspiring work by people and organisations in Ireland working for global justice.

Camara's CEO John Fitzsimons received the award on behalf of Camara from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

Camara’s CEO John Fitzsimons received the award on behalf of Camara from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

The iMlango project is a pioneering internet based eLearning programme and Camara Education is working with Avanti, the Department for International Development (DFID) UK, sQuid and Whizz Education on this. It provides better life opportunities for 150,000 marginalised students (focusing particularly on girls), in 205 Kenyan primary schools. The project financially incentivises parents based on girls’ attendance and then uses technology to deliver better educational outcomes in school.

The Innovative Programme of the Year recognises innovative development programmes which are making a sustainable impact. iMlango is innovative in many ways including the following:

  • Measurable learning outcomes such as grade improvements in Maths are available in real time by student, class, school and project.
  • It is a ground-breaking partnership between public and private sectors with partners as listed above.
  • The individualised interactive learning platform enables children to learn at their own speed with content rendered to address their needs.
  • Real time attendance data is used to deliver incentivised stipend payments to Kenyan families in a country where one million children do not attend school regularly.

In the words of Josephine Heremine Dullu from Sahajanand Special School, an iMlango school: ‘‘The computers are helping the students very much because now they have become very creative, motivated and fast in learning mathematics – they are doing it very fast these days. They can open the computer themselves, operate them and can interact. Some of them are have even become peer tutors to help the rest of the pupils. In fact they are much more motivated.”

On receiving the award, Camara Education CEO John Fitzsimons said: “Innovation is pervasive in many sectors, however in the International Development sector, we are playing catch up. We need our supporters and sponsors to understand that in order for innovation to flourish, risks need to be taken and we need to embrace failure in order to learn. We congratulate all projects that were nominated and actively encourage further innovation in our sector so we can best serve those with less than us”.

Camara Education has won a number of awards, including: The Vodafone World of Difference Award; The Arthur Guinness Award; The David Manley Award; The Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Award; The Lord Mayor’s Award (Dublin); and The Global Development Network ‘Most Innovative Development Project’ Award.