UK’s Department For International Development (DFID) in partnership with sQuid, a smart card and digital payment service provider in Kenya has launched an e-learning system called iMlango, in a bid to enhance learning for 25,675 marginalized girls and help track the impact of early child and forced Marriages.
“We have been preparing the ground for Project iMlango for some time, following the successful deployment of our digital transaction platform in Kenya,” the Chief Executive of sQuid Adam Smith said.
The programme is driven by an internet learning platform that is accessed through high-speed satellite broadband connectivity. Through this platform, the partners provide students with interactive learning tools.
According to sQuid, iMlango will deliver tuition and support to teachers with the use of ICT in their teaching, personalized maths tuition with a virtual online tutor, and an electronic attendance monitoring with conditional payment system to make parents send their daughters to school.
Project iMlango will also address the financial and cultural issues that result in school drop-outs.
“In order to protect girls from harmful practices like child and forced marriage, Education is really vital to improve the life of millions of marginalized girls,” said Lynne Featherstone DFID’s International Development Minister.
This private partnership is expected to help Kenya’s marginalized girls obtain the education they deserve through innovative and cutting edge solutions.
sQuid also disclosed that they have joined forces with Avanti communication, a global satellite operator, Whizz Education and technology NGO, an online maths tutoring provider, and Camara Education to make the iMlango project successful.