Njabulo Mdanda, our Mwabu blogger from 2017, has now transitioned from teaching Grade 4 Maths to teaching Grade 4 NST. We contacted Njabulo earlier this week to ask how he is getting on in his new subject area. He originally taught Life Skills, then Maths, and now Natural Sciences and Technology.
A new academic year often brings many changes. Njabulo Mdanda, who played a significant role in our pilot programme in KwaZulu-Natal, will be moving from teaching Maths to teaching Life Skills. This means that for now, his involvement in the Mwabu pilot programme has ended. Read his reflections on his Mwabu experience.
Impact Network uses Mwabu in its schools across Zambia. This video will explain how our tablets have made learning easier for children and how teachers have made them a staple in their classrooms.
iSchool Zambia has teamed up with Zamtel, one of Zambia’s leading mobile providers, to sell its educational Mwabu tablets in 21 retail shops around the country.
Mwabu has teamed up with the Zambia Ministry of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Jhpiego to provide health workers with crucial training to help them deliver high-quality healthcare and access critical information.
When we spoke to Njabulo this month, sadly most of the classes in his school had just had their power cables stolen. This obviously meant no electricity, so he was unable to use the Mwabu units to share with his classes as they need a projector. However, we were delighted to hear how the units continued to support Njabulo, as he adapted them to suit teaching with no power.
Namate Silishebo, an Academy Trainer part of the Zambian team, has just completed a week’s training in Uganda, further increasing the number of teachers being trained in modern methodologies and e-learning with the Mwabu tablet.
Mwabu rubbed shoulders with a wealth of education professionals, stakeholders and customers at three recent events in South Africa.
We’ve been following the journey of Njabulo, a G4 Maths educator from St Christopher’s School in KZN.
In this latest blog post, he talks about how Mwabu has helped him with classroom confidence and how he’s become something of an ‘internet celebrity’!
Mwabu is partnering with Financial Sector Deepening Zambia (FSDZ) to develop a financial education curriculum for both school learners and young women in Zambia.
Mwabu’s new Kwa-Zulu Natal programme has transformed school day standards, helped pupils to get strong marks and enabled one student to put what they’ve learned into practice – by making banana bread.
Mwabu, an award winning education technology company, has concluded a significant investment deal, securing 100% of the goal for its Series B investment round. Mwabu creates innovative, interactive e-learning content and educational resources for African learners.
SABC News interviews Mwabu CEO Justin Reilly to discuss how Mwabu can improve education standards in rural schools, with a range of educational products and services. Source: SABC News
The EduWeek awards recognise excellence across the African education ecosystem. We are delighted to be selected as finalists for two awards! We have been shortlisted for both the Basic Education and ICT categories.
The winners will be selected by a panel of 20 esteemed judges and announced at the awards evening on the 4th of October.
The introduction of Mwabu’s enriched learning curriculum in South Africa has begun with Grade 4 Maths and Science and will grow to include Grades 5 and 6 in 2018. Curriculum-focused content has already been introduced, via Mwabu educational tablets, in four different schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal through the company’s partnership with The MRP Foundation.
The conversation around technology – the challenges surrounding its implementation, the benefits and potential drawbacks - was a central point of focus at the Education Summit 2017, held at the Radisson Blu in Sandton on May 31.
Elias Chipimo, Advisor to Mwabu, delivered his presentation 'Replicating Success at Scale: Early Lessons for Africa' which can be viewed here.
Mwabu has made a notable investment in the South African market, through the establishment of its local hub which opened in Rosebank, Johannesburg on June 1st. In the last four months alone, Mwabu has grown its presence in the country from one to seven local employees.
Watch this video interview with our our CEO Justin Reilly as he discusses Mwabu past, present and future!
Conceptor, Grade 6 teacher at Mwandi primary school is the first contributor to the Mwabu Teachers Blogs from Zambia.
Mwandi primary school is part of Mwabu's Mwandi Project, a major e-learning and community development project in rural Zambia.
Njabulo writes about his latest training with the Mwabu Academy, commenting on the practical activities and useful feedback which have helped him feel more confident as he embarks on a second term using the Mwabu content in his classes.
Njabulo Mdanda, a G4 Maths educator from St Christopher’s School in KZN, who completed Mwabu Academy's Phase 1 two-day training course in April, has been using our tablet and CAPS-aligned units in his classroom at St Christopher’s School for one week now.
Read his second blog post to find out about this experience so far.
Over the next few months, we will be following Njabulo, a G4 Maths educator from St Christopher’s School in KZN. Njabulo will share his journey with us as he begins to use the Mwabu tablet and units in his classroom. Read below to find out his initial thoughts about using the Mwabu content before the start of Term 2.
Mwabu and the MRP Foundation have partnered to launch an exciting new e-learning programme at four schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The project will utilise new content created by Mwabu specifically for the South African curriculum, and be implemented with ongoing training, mentoring and support for the school teams.
Mwabu (AppsAfrica Education Innovation Award Winner 2016) and Onyx Connect, a privately backed start-up that aims to be the first company ever to manufacture smartphone devices in Africa, have joined forces to locally produce the Mwabu e-learning tablet.
We are delighted to have won the AppsAfrica Education Award!
The AppsAfrica awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa. The annual awards attracted submissions from 25 countries, chosen by an independent panel of leading industry experts. "The 2016 finalists represent North, South, East and West Africa which is testament to innovation happening all across the continent across all sectors” shares Andrew Fassnidge, Founder of Appsafrica.com.
Ten winners of the AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards 2016 were announced at a pan-African mobile and tech awards party in Cape Town, South Africa last night.
This year the awards attracted over 200 entries, with the winners on the night hailing from South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
The Mwandi Project is a major e-learning and community development project in rural Zambia which began in May 2015 and has already seen success in improving student attendance and the professional development of teachers.
Zambia, located in Central Southern Africa, remains one of the poorest countries in the world with 78% of the rural population living below the official poverty line, on under $1 a day. For things to change, some key structural changes are required, chief amongst which is improved access to modern education. The Mwandi Projects equips six primary schools in the Mwandi area with e-learning tablets and associated equipment, including solar charging systems where necessary.
UNICEF and the Minster of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education (MESVTEE) through Mwabu have implemented a pilot programme that aims to measure the educational impact of the Mwabu programme and the effectiveness and applicability of e-learning in rural areas.
We created the Bambisana initiative in collaboration with safari lodges and their guests to bring education to rural Africa and transform the lives of primary school children in and around the lodges' surrounding communities.
Davidson Kapakyulu, the iSchool Country Manager for Zambia visited our project in Mwandi District in February. He was accompanied by Project Manager Masiliso Mulemwa, and the Mwabu Academy trainer Namaste Silishebo. They visited three schools- which was an achievement with the flooding in some areas! - to observe lessons and see teachers in action. Meetings were also held between Lusaka team, the Mwabu Advisor Muyunda Lindunda, the District Education Board Secretary and the District Education Board Officers, and all the Head Teacher & Deputies involved in the project.
This month’s teacher blog comes from Beauty Machona who just recently completed the Mwabu teacher training course. Beauty is a teacher in Serenje with a teaching diploma in Maths secondary school teaching.
Our highly experienced Academy Trainer, Ms Le’Anne Ponen visited Stanger, Kwa Dukuza with a film crew, to capture our Mwabu Academy Mentorship and Coaching process for teachers.
Mwabu were delighted to exhibit at the Eduweek 2018 event which took place at The Dome, Johannesburg on the 15th-16th June 2018. Our CEO, Justin Reilly, was a Keynote Speaker at the Main Stage Theatre and delivered a thought provoking and well-attended presentation on Digital Transformation in Education.
Mwabu Education worked in partnership with Mindset to deliver the Ukusiza Teacher Training project for the Department of Basic Education.
It can be difficult to get support when your address says you are privileged!
We recently had the opportunity of working closely with the amazing team at Observatory East Primary School, located in the Johannesburg suburb of Observatory. We interviewed Ms Nemisheni Chetty, about some of the challenges their school faces and about how they overcome these challenges as a team.
Mwabu united with all of South Africa in remembering Nelson Mandela and his incredible legacy on the 18th July, what would have been his 100th birthday. He was, and will always be an inspiration. His greatness came from his selflessness, and how he served others with dignity and pride. To celebrate his legacy we took to the streets to feed the homeless and engaged with them as our contribution to the ‘67 minutes for Madiba’.