Secondary education is failing rural Tanzanians. Only 10% of girls pass secondary school maths. Schools are poorly resourced, and the chalk-and-talk lecture style makes it hard for students to engage in their learning and truly master core concepts. Most students leave without formal qualifications or the core skills they need to improve their livelihoods, so they return to subsistence farming.
We supply schools with a device called RACHEL which has world class educational materials (including Khan Academy) for offline use. Students access interactive content on RACHEL using tablets, enabling them to build their numeracy, literacy and research skills, better preparing them for life after school. At the same time, we train and mentor teachers to move towards student-centred learning focused on skills mastery rather than lecture-style where the priority is completing syllabus.
- 1,000 students will be confident in using tablets to research new concepts - a valuable life skill in their adult lives e.g. to access knowledge on farming, health, and business. Students will also improve their academic performance, as they build their maths, literacy and English language skills through exposure to the Khan Academy and phonics programmes. A greater number of students will proceed to higher education, enabling them to become leaders and contribute more to their communities.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).