The project has digitized curriculum content for Kenyan upper primary students with an emphasis on digitally rich videos, animations, sound clips, music and illustrations to make the learning process fun and engaging. As a disciple of Kenya's "vision 2030", eLimu also promotes responsible citizenship through its extended learning content which covers health, sanitation, hygiene, personal financial literacy, environmental conservation, human rights, etc.
There are approximately 30,000 schools in Kenya including government schools, private schools and Harambee (parent contributed) schools. These represent approximately 776,214 students in Class 8 and ten million children between the ages of 4 and 14.
Since the government of Kenya announced free primary school education in 2003, many studies have shown that although enrollment increased, the quality of learning has dropped significantly meaning that lots of schooling is not the same as lots of learning.
eLimu seeks to change the memorization approach in contexts that include large class sizes, shortage of textbooks, teacher absenteeism, and poorly built schools. They seek to engage students in the learning process beyond memorization to understanding, evaluating and creating.
There are a number of initiatives and organizations focused on improving learning outcomes in Kenya. To date however, these approaches have significant weaknesses and have not resulted in the dramatic change that Kenyan children deserve. Issues including high cost, electricity requirements, lack of portability and a lack of relevant high quality educational content. In addition, the existing material is not animated and lacks interactive content.
eLimu challenges these existing practices by delivering an engaging, interactive and innovative e-learning by preloading the entire curriculum content for students on a tablet, rekindling the old "PDF textbook" with videos, animations, songs and music. The content is contextualized and culturally relevant for the Kenyan child.
The four learning outcomes eLimu has identified are:
1. Improved test scores
2. Improved cognitive thinking and problem-solving skills.
3. Increased social and environmental consciousness.
4. IT Literacy.
By creating digital content for curriculum learning as well as "Extended Learning", they ensure students are learning life skills that will help them in the real world beyond the exam grades. This content ranges from lessons on developing a "helping hand attitude" at home, in the classroom and in the community to teaching personal financial literacy and environmental conservation.
Currently, eLimu is retailing their own branded and preloaded affordable educational tablet in the Kenyan market to help them grow, sustain and cross-subsidize the solution for those who find the hardware costs prohibitive.
eLimu featured on Euronews- 2015/01/12
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