WISE Accelerator

WISE Accelerator - 2014-15 Program

WISE Accelerator - 2014-15 Program

2014-15 Program

The five innovative projects of the 2014-15 WISE Accelerator originate from Chile, France, Kenya, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Selected Projects

  • Ideas Box​

Reach: France, Jordan, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Burundi, the United States
and Australia
Headquarters: France
Date of creation: 2013
Ideas Box is a portable media center dedicated to improving education broadly defined, and designed to be adapted to any context, including humanitarian crises. It creates an enhanced learning environment even in the most difficult conditions. It is highly standardized in its container and hardware (Internet, laptops, tablets, e-readers, arts & crafts), and finely tailored in content to each context. Ideas Box centers have arrived in Burundi, and implementation is under way in Jordan and Lebanon for populations affected by the Syrian crisis. Beyond emergency situations, orders are being finalized for communities in France, the United States, and Australia.

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  • Kytabu Textbook Subscription

Reach: Kenya
Headquarters: Kenya
Date of creation: 2012
Kytabu is a mobile textbook subscription application on Android and Windows‎ platforms that allows students to lease learning content in a piecemeal manner. Created to overcome the cost of bulk buying of textbooks in Kenya, Kytabu is using the mobile platform to bring learning content to thousands of students in Kenya's education system. 

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  • Mobile Taleem

Reach: The project currently reaches 200 direct (teachers) and 12,000 indirect (students) beneficiaries
Headquarters: Pakistan
Date of creation: 2012
The project addresses the need for deeper understanding of foundational content among primary teachers in rural Pakistan who lack access to training and learning opportunities. Through localized lessons aligned with national standards and delivered via mobile phone, the project is designed to increase math and English subject competency in order to improve the quality of education students receive.

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  • Sterio.me

Reach: Lesotho
Headquarters: Chile
Date of creation: 2013
Sterio.me offers teachers the ability to pre-record interactive audio lessons for their pupils. Delivered via any mobile phone, no Internet is required and learners have access to their daily homework lessons via free SMS and GSM voice. The platform marks the lessons automatically and provides teachers with insights into individual learners’ progress. The project addresses the lack of books and teaching material in Africa, as well as the difficulties arising from overcrowded classrooms, and has over 400 lessons on the platform to date.

> Read more about Sterio.me

  • Ustad Mobile

Reach: Afghanistan, Germany, Iraq, Kenya, and Zambia
Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date of creation: 2012
Ustad Mobile is a platform for creating, delivering, and tracking learning experiences using nearly any mobile device. Educators can make use of audio, video, quizzes, and games with no need for advanced IT skills. The platform allows learners to use even low-end phones and works without requiring the Internet or even a signal. Various organizations are currently using the platform in Afghanistan, Germany, Iraq, Kenya, and Zambia.

The Committee

H.E. Sheikha Hanadi bint Nasser bin Khaled Al Thani,
Mr. Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al-Khalifa,
Mr. Salvador Medina Chao,
 Mr. Chadi N. Moujaes,
 Mr. Sandeep Aneja,

Mr. Stavros N. Yiannouka,

Program Structure

The year-long program is designed to carefully assess and meet individual project needs to advance them toward successful development.

Key Steps in 2014-15

  • Kick-off at the WISE Summit 2014
  • Needs Assessment
  • Bootcamp Session
  • Ongoing tailor-made mentorship
  • Progress assessment 

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