WISE Accelerator

2015-16 Program

The five innovative projects of the 2015-16 WISE Accelerator originate from Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Selected Projects

  • eduTechnoz

Reach: Regional
Headquarters: Pickering, Canada
Date of creation: 2012
eduTechnoz is an online portal that provides fun educational content such as online games, eBooks and interactive worksheets for children learning Arabic. They have reached a significant regional audience, with more than 50,000 users: children, parents, teachers and schools. The material is designed based on accredited curriculums and cognitive skills research. Furthermore, the platform measures individual progress and can be tailored to address specific skills and needs, with the possibility of being adapted for any school system. They have worked with Qatar National Library since 2014.

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  • Kepler

Reach: Rwanda
Headquarters: Cambridge, MA USA
Date of creation: 2013
Kepler is a non-profit university program designed for the developing world. Its mission is to expand access to excellent higher education for students coming from communities of need. It combines the best of online learning, such as MOOCs and online, competency-based degree, with in-person seminars and intensive education to employment support. They provide an US-accredited degree, a world-class education and a clear path to good jobs for thousands of students in Rwanda for around $1,000 tuition per year.

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  • Making Ghanaian Girls Great! (MGCubed)

Reach: Ghana
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Date of creation: 2014
MGCubed is Ghana’s first interactive distance-learning project. The project uses VSAT technology to enable live, interactive distance learning. Six master teachers in Accra provide English and Math classes that are broadcasted live to multiple classrooms. The project is expected to impact more than 6,000 marginalised students between the ages of 9-14 in 72 schools across Ghana. In addition to the in-school classes, there is an after-school girls’ club called ‘Wonder Woman’ including both students and out-of-school girls. The workshops engage girls in topics such as early pregnancy, early marriage, women’s rights and financial literacy, as well as introducing them to different adult female roles. The goal is to empower them, raise their self-esteem and motivate them to stay in school.

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  • Green Shoots

Reach: South Africa
Headquarters: Cape Town, South Africa
Date of creation: 2010
Green Shoots uses a cloud-based Moodle platform to implement an online Maths Curriculum for South African grades 3 to 9. The program tracks individual learners progress throughout the school year, and it gives comprehensive teacher trainings that develop learning through ICT. It also provides development programs for school management and Education Department official to encourage real-time data-informed decisions when planning strategies and interventions for Maths teaching and learning. They are now partnering with Gooru Learning to be able to scale their model for a wider international audience.

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  • TeachPitch

Reach: Global
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Date of creation: 2014
TeachPitch is an online library accessible via a community technology that helps teachers identify the best online learning resources available. Teachers sign up to the platform for free and find the best online content curated by TeachPitch. The library system offers a growing range of functionalities, allowing teachers to save, share, rate and review the resources they find. The project’s system and repository technology makes them a valuable management tool for schools, suitable for teacher evaluation, induction and professional development. The platform has over 10,000 teachers from over 100 countries with a continuous rapid growth rate.

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The Committee

H.E. Sheikha Hanadi bint Nasser bin Khaled Al Thani,

Mr. Hamad Al-Kuwari,

Mr. Salvador Medina Chao,

Ms. Aysha Al-Mudahka,

Mr. Sandeep Aneja,

Mr. Ashwin Assomull,
United Kingdom

Dr. Elaine Eisenman,
United States of America

Mr. Salah-Eddine Kandri,
United Arab Emirates

Mr. Michael Vollmann,

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 2015-2016

  • Kick-off at the WISE Summit 2015
  • Needs Assessment
  • Ongoing tailor-made mentorship
  • Progress assessment

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