How positively impacts both teachers and learners

Basic phones still dominate majority of African market

Whilst 83% of Africans have mobile phones and smartphone penetration increases year-on-year, basic phones continue to dominate, with roughly 63% having GSM-only “basic phones”, 27% having 2G “feature phones” and just 10% having 3G “smart” phones.

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  • GSM-only devices
  • 2G limited data-access devices
  • 3G enabled devices

65% of learners starting primary won’t complete
lower secondary

Approximately just 1 in 3 students who start a primary education end up finishing their lower secondary education in Lesotho. Drop-out rates in primary and lower secondary education (Lesotho 2011) are 36.1% and 36.5%, respectively.

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  • Primary dropout
  • Of the total dropout due to not transitioning
  • Of the total are secondary dropouts
  • Of the starting number graduate secondary


% repitition rate, lower secondary

Repetition rates are high

Repetition rates in primary & secondary general education are 16.7% & 13.5%, respectively (Lesotho, 2012)

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average primary class size (Malawi 2012)

Classrooms are crowded

Learners are engaged after-school with SMS and Voice homework, accessible via any mobile phone. This helps them remember concepts taught at school.

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% individuals using Internet (Africa 2013)

Resources are limited

The technology behind is available to third parties such as NGOs, corporates and governments to launch their own SMS and Voice-enabled services.

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