Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
Reports indicate important problems in primary schools in Senegal. Explanatory reasons for low learning quality include low qualification of teachers, lack of teachers’ training, teachers’ absenteeism, lack of textbooks and large class size. In this context, pupils are missing individual attention, interactive activities, progress tracking, parents' involvement. Familiarity with technology (e.g., computers and coding) happens often too late.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
mJangale is an after school program that leverages mobile technology to improve the skills of children in literacy, numeracy, and foreign languages. It also initiates children to STEM (including programming). Activities target girls specifically. One of our offerings permit girls to design connecting clothing (bags and bracelets) in collaboration with tailors/designers (and mothers) and create 3d printed jewelry. mJangale involves parents (even illiterate) in the learning of their children and creates a network of trained and certified tutors on our pedagogy and curriculum. More than 250 children were trained in the mJangale programs in 3 cities of Senegal - Thies, Dakar and Ziguinchor.
Finalists of NoLimits for a Young World (http://bit.ly/1OXdnNd, France, 2015), Accelerator Tigo / Reach for Change (Senegal, 2015), Presentation at the mEducation Alliance Symposium (USA, 2015), Ashoka American Express Emerging Innovators (Dakar, 2015)