Company Update

Mwabu offers African primary schools new ways of accessing education resources  

Thu, 11.04.2019
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In the last three years, Mwabu has updated its award-winning digital teaching and learning materials, adding new content for use in primary schools across Africa. Thousands of lessons and learner activities are now easily accessible to teachers, learners and parents, linking Mwabu content to common topics in English, Maths, Science, Social Studies and other subjects. Additional content now provides complete coverage of the Zambian curriculum, and lower primary content is available in eight Zambian languages. In South Africa, Mwabu’s CAPS aligned digital content in Maths and Science provide a rich resource for upper primary grades.

 

Over the same period, Mwabu has expanded work on extra-curricular educational content and resources. To date, Mwabu has created targeted courses in HIV/AIDs, conservation and financial literacy, and developed learning management systems to facilitate registration and track progress and achievement. Mwabu is ready to partner with other organisations, to distribute educational content and other digital resources that create additional impact, efficiency and insight for our clients’ activities.

 

In recent years, the availability and access to computer hardware and other devices has transformed in countries across Africa. In Zambia, where suppliers were limited, Mwabu (trading as iSchool Zambia) has in the past had to supply and service hardware in order to facilitate distribution of content. With the growth in numbers and quality of hardware suppliers, however, Mwabu will now be phasing out direct sales and support for hardware. Mwabu will deliver on existing support and warranty obligations, and continue to identify and recommend specialist hardware partners, able to supply and support schools and other users.

 

The move away from hardware provides an opportunity for Mwabu to intensify focus on its core activities – the creation and distribution of digital resource designed for use by African teachers and learners, and support for schools / partners to incorporate digital content into improved teaching practice.

 

At an international level, CEO Justin Reilly has provided the company with inspiring leadership, securing three rounds of investment for Mwabu, developing new products and services, and building relations with clients and education stakeholders across Africa. He has now decided that this is the right time to move on, expanding on his work to ensure excellence in education for children everywhere. Justin will be leaving his current post at the end of June 2019, after which he will become an advisor to the Executive Chairman, Ian McFadyen. For more information click here 

 

Ian is leading a five-person management team. Mwabu is committed to its presence in Zambia, where Davison Kapakyulu will continue to lead the Zambian business. Craig Du Plooy will lead the finance team. Helen Radford manages the product and technology teams. Charlotte Scott (policy and research) and Jenny Gordon (sales and marketing) continue in their roles.

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