eLimu aims to improve the quality of education in Kenya by delivering a full curriculum through the medium of technology, thus making learning fun and engaging. eLimu has digitized curriculum content for Kenyan upper primary students with an emphasis on digitally rich videos, animations, sound clips, music, quizzes, stories and games. In addition to key curriculum-subject content, eLimu also promotes responsible citizenship through its extended learning content which covers health, sanitation, hygiene, personal financial literacy, and environmental conservation. This approach seeks to nurture a generation that is able to embrace technology for development and become problem solvers, critical thinkers, and reliable leaders.
eLimu partnered with developers, designers, government representatives, schools, teachers, NGOs, and educational consultants to create the best instructional design framework relevant to the local environment. The app has been piloted in two schools in Nairobi where students were provided with a tablet. Teachers were trained in how to use the tablet and app and a variety of methodologies were observed, including using the app as a whole class lesson starter or plenary, for group work, as an instructional tool delivering lesson content, and for independent learning. The program is currently gathering proof of concept by implementing the app in a primary school serving a low-income community in Embakasi. Positive learning outcomes in the form of exam scores, cognitive thinking skills, social consciousness, and IT literacy have been seen after just a few months of interactivity with the application. The eLimu app will be available to individuals and schools/institutions, and there are plans to increase content coverage to include lower primary and secondary.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportLearning materials for studentsSchool supportEducational TechnologyEnvironmentHealth/NutritionEthics & Values/ReligionCulture/indigenous knowledgeOther
Model details2011For-profitComprehensive curriculumEnvironmentHealth/NutritionEthics & Values/ReligionCulture/indigenous knowledgeOtherFinancial literacyActiveLong-term projectRevenue1,000
eLimu was initiated to help the underserved, both financially and academically. Thus, schools serving children from low-income households are given priority.
TechnologyTablet or e-readerClassroom lesson deliveryLearning materials for studentsTeaching materialsQualcomm
Scale6The app has been piloted in 3 schools and 3 librariesJune, 2014
To date eLimu has been piloted in schools with a proof of concept in a low income community school. The program seeks to grow by being available as an app to individuals or schools alongside increasing the content to deliver secondary school curriculum materials.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
To date eLimu has been evaluated by external independent research bodies. The current proof of concept in Embakasi is being evaluated by iHub Research. The M&E research will measure the effectiveness of the tablet in reaching specific goals or outcomes; inform refinements to the tablet technology deployed focusing on hardware issues (e.g. connectivity, battery life) and eLimu platform and processes (e.g. training, maintenance); gather evidence of the user experience to inform eLimu design and implementation; and collect feedback on how to improve the platform. A baseline study administered questionnaires to the students to evaluate their levels of academic performance, cognitive thinking, social/environmental consciousness, and IT literacy. Focus group discussions were organized with parents and teachers to understand their perceptions on use of technology for learning and how they support students to study. Following the baseline collection, the research team administers regular quizzes to the students through a quiz application on the tablets to monitor changes in their perceptions and learning progress, alongside visits to the schools every quarter to collect qualitative data from the students and teachers. The end line, collected in December 2014/January 2015, assesses changes in their levels of cognitive thinking, social/environmental consciousness, and IT literacy. Focus group discussions with parents and teachers will also be conducted again to understand changes in their perceptions and how they support their students in studying.Standardized assessment performanceInternal assessment performanceUser satisfactionStudent retentionCost effectiveness/value for moneyYes