onetabs are being used by families in Kampala to boost numeracy and literacy outcomes.
Our partner Hello World works with communities in Uganda, Nigeria and Nepal to build solar-powered internet Hubs. In their ‘Hub Heroes’ project, 100 onetabs have been delivered to 100 families for younger children to learn to read and do maths, in English. Mothers act as onetab custodians – ensuring their children share the tablet each day and charging it at the community Hub, where they can catch up with other parents on their children’s progress.
Children in Standards 2 and 3 in a primary school in Nkhotakota are using onetabs to learn numeracy and literacy – all in their native language, Chichewa. The Tongole Foundation has installed 10 onetabs – charged by solar power – to supplement normal class teaching. Digital teacher Alefa takes learners through a personalised learning session, with the onecourse software adapting to each child’s needs in maths and reading. Teachers provide extra scaffolding and administer the onetabs each day.
Team onebillion was announced joint winner of the Global Learning XPRIZE competition, funded by Elon Musk. Our onecourse software was evaluated in a 15-month randomised control trial, monitored by UNESCO and the World Food Programme, in which approximately 4,000 children across 150 rural villages used one of the five finalists’ software through tablets donated by Google, with data evaluated by RTI International.
One successful trial project in 2013 has led to a nationwide educational initiative in Malawi, called Unlocking Talent. The initiative is now institutionalised in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s ‘Digital Education Technology Agenda’, with the goal to embed it in all 5,300 primary schools, covering roughly 4.4 million children across the country.
A study funded by the Education Endowment Foundation found that Year 1 children using the maths apps across schools in England made – on average – an increase of three months’ progress compared to control groups. The children used our numeracy software for 30 minutes per day, 4 days a week, for 12 weeks. The children were assisted by teaching assistants trained by the University of Nottingham. Independent researchers from the University of Oxford monitored and evaluated learning outcomes.
The Community-Based Learning Project is an independent project being undertaken by the onebillion team across two rural villages in Kenya. The project sees children between the ages of 5 and 11 given access to onecourse on onebillion mobile devices. The mothers act as custodians of these devices, allowing the children to access the software within the home. Huge amounts of data is being remotely gathered and due to be analysed by onebillion, to evaluate the effectiveness of delivering onecourse through the community.
iSchool Africa, together with the Department for Rural Development, have implemented the Unlocking Talent approach to more than 45 schools across South Africa. Each of the participating schools has adapted the approach to suit their specific local needs. For example, while some schools use our numeracy material to help smooth the transition between Afrikaans and English, others give children access to the software to allow them to catch up on the basic maths skills needed to progress.
UK charity Haileybury Youth Trust constructed a oneclass learning centre for Nabirama Primary School in the Jinja district of Uganda. Children at Nabirama now learn using our numeracy material in a safe and clean environment. The oneclass building is made entirely from environmentally friendly Interlocking Stabilised Soil Bricks (ISSB). Under the Unlocking Talent initiative, this construction technique has been exchanged and shared to be used to build learning centres in Malawi as well.
Two young engineers, Kirubhagar and Harsh Tiwari, partnered with Barefoot College to manufacture their own solar-powered projector based on our prototype design. The projector is used to display our learning material from iPads, in the local night school where there is no electricity. Both attendance and children’s learning outcomes has increased since the projector’s implementation.
In Dubti and Samara, two towns in the Afar-speaking region of Ethiopia, primary school children are taking their first steps to becoming numerate. Using onebillion maths apps, the children spend time learning maths concepts in their own language, with support from their teachers and teaching assistants.
Kindergarten children at a bilingual school in Recife, Brazil used Maths, age 3-5 and Maths, age 4-6 in both English and Brazilian Portuguese. During a 10-week research project monitored by the University of Nottingham, children were tested pre- and post-intervention to evaluate the impact of the software on children’s learning outcomes.
Grades 2 and 3 children in Cambodia get a headstart to their learning experience in safe and engaging kindergarten centres, which are run by the Cambodian Children’s Fund. They have no previous experience using a digital device until they get their hands on the Khmer version of our Maths, age 3-5 app. The children are using the numeracy software for 20 minutes, three times per week.