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Title of Innovation: The Community Tablet

 

Year of implementation: N/A

Website: www.kamaleon.co.mz

 

Implemented by: Kamaleon

Country/Countries where the Innovation is being implemented: Mozambique

Problem being solved

Statistically, very few rural communities have experienced the Digital Era we live in today. The Community Tablet was created to improve digital literacy in rural communities. This advocates e-learning as the way forward for Africa’s development. Our strategy combines “digital inclusion” with “E-learning for both the young and the old. The focus on education and literacy to providing a digital context is a response to the urgent attention and immediate deadline to attend to the widening gap of in the delivery of education in rural and disadvantaged areas.

 

Description of innovation

The Community Tablet’s impact in the rural environment is aligned with Sustainable Development Goal Number Four that has the object of providing quality education. Through the program “Creating the Mozambican Scientist of Tomorrow”, we introduced the Community Tablet to rural communities in Mozambique (Southern and Central Regions) – providing the infrastructure to facilitate affordable access to ICT and the Internet in communities with little or no digital literacy skills. We focused on civic education campaigns enabling local communities, students and farmers from various age groups to interact with our platform and connect to the web.

By promoting access to ICT,we strongly believe that the knowledge has been expanded amongst the participants. The topics are educational topicals are converted into short video cartoon animation where users can quickly assimilate the subject being taught. By also promoting interactive games where the learners have to apply what they watched in the videos into the quizzes. This is fun yet solid way to introduce them to internet as a an important research tool for the specific topics to enrich their knowledge. The Community Tablet aims to improve communications among educational institutions through live video conferencing classes and also pre-loaded syllabus content on video, ensuring a direct feedback from the learners to teachers. Each quiz activity is monitored in order to provide data on the outcome of a particular taugh lesson.

The Community Tablet hopes to contribute to the 2030 Agenda by providing an innovative way to bring quality education to the rural communities in Africa. With over 5000 participants on a yearly basis, we are proud to inform that 35% of the Community Tablet users are female. Young children and women are encourage to share the messages conveyed in a particular campaign thus empowering them with knowledge and leadership as vital part of their local communities.

Potential to be scaled and replicated

In partnership with interested partners, we have plans to scale up the both regionally and internationally. We would like to have available two Community Tablets in every province in Mozambique.

In terms of improvements, we are researching into innovative ways to cater for population with disabilities to be able access.

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