Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS

by Yiya Engineering Solutions
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS
Educating 100,000 out of school kids via radio&SMS

Summary

We enable rural Ugandan students of all ages to learn math and science remotely using widely accessible technologies: radios and keypad phones. We use a "flipped classroom" model where learners interact with content individually and then engage in a broadcast lesson with a teacher. We send content to users via robocalls and SMS. The learners answer questions, complete homework, and take quizzes via Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), a real-time SMS system that is free for the user.

$30,000
total goal
$2,945
remaining
82
donors
6
monthly donors
3
years

Challenge

School closures due to COVID-19 affected 15 million students in Uganda. The pandemic has escalated educational disparities. While students from urban schools immediately switched to digital e-learning, students in rural communities were cut off from learning completely. This increase in barriers spurs the need for recovery programs like Yiya AirScience, to support the learning outcomes of young people with limited resources, including learning materials, teaching, smartphones or internet.

Solution

We enable rural Ugandan students of all ages to learn STEM remotely with widely accessible technologies: keypad phones and radios. We send content via robocalls and SMS and broadcast radio lessons weekly. The learners answer questions, complete homework, and take quizzes via Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), a real-time SMS system that is free for the user. The combination of audio and text is inclusive for low literacy learners and accessible to learners in all settings.

Long-Term Impact

Yiya launched the 12-week pilot course in September 2020 with 30-minute radio broadcasts, six times a week, on two radio stations in Northern Uganda. The AirScience Program has reached over 25,000 users across the country. Using post-lesson SMS quizzes, we can measure knowledge retention. In our pilot program, we estimate participants built over 1,200 solar dryers using locally available materials, demonstrating their creativity, resourcefulness, and resilience.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

https:/​/​yiyasolutions.org/​
Yiya Website
Yiya workshop for local innovators

Organization Information

Yiya Engineering Solutions

Location: Kampala - Uganda
Website:
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Twitter: @YiyaSolutions
Project Leader:
Erin Fitzgerald
Kampala, Central Uganda
$27,055 raised of $30,000 goal
 
299 donations
$2,945 to go
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