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Yes, we know!
The educational software “Eneza” was developed for children and adolescents in the rural areas of Kenya. With the
help of simple mobile phones they can be taught and advised in addition to school lessons.
To register with Eneza, people need to send an SMS with their name, gender, region and school to the number *851#. Then they have to specify whether they want to register as a student, teacher or parent. Students receive a motivating introduction to SMS learning on their mobile phone. Afterwards, they can learn by topic and write small tests – all via SMS. If more than 50 percent of the questions are answered incorrectly, Eneza sends out an invitation to an additional mini lesson. If they have any questions, teachers are available via SMS. Eneza informs parents automatically of their child’s test results, and teachers receive weekly feedback on their students’ performance. Teachers can also use Eneza to refresh their knowledge on specific topics.
Eneza is expanding its target group to provide trainings for small businesses, too. As the mobile phone is the most widespread form of technology in Kenya, more than 142,000 users benefited from this project by 2017 so far.