TeachMobile by Eneza
Empowering teachers; spreading education everywhere
The demand of teachers is increasingly rising with high levels of teacher attrition in Sub-Saharan Africa. UNESCO estimates that 69 million new teachers will be needed by 2030 to meet universal educational goals over the next 14 years.
Only 36.5% of teachers are qualified to deliver lessons to students within Sub-Saharan Africa, as at 2016. With over 650 million children and youth, according to Brookings, not meeting learning milestones, it is critical to explore alternative approaches to meet the demand of teachers that will focus on recruiting and providing continuous professional development.
45% of teachers of teachers are not in the classrooms teaching according to Brookings, despite being present in classrooms thus contributing to the overwhelming number of children of school going age who are in school and yet not learning.
Eneza has developed a technology platform that allows primary and secondary students, their parents, and teachers to access local, relevant, affordable academic courses and study tools by SMS, an Android application, and online.
Eneza aims to combine its mobile learning technology with teacher training institutions within Africa. Eneza’s technology platform will allow trainees to continuously access relevant teacher training and continuous professional development modules by Short Messaging Service (SMS) and web platforms.
This will allow teachers to develop themselves with proven pedagogical concepts and teaching techniques by taking lessons & assessments with individualized feedback on correct and incorrect answers.
Additionally, the teachers will be able to use Eneza’s Ask-An-Expert (AAE) platform to engage experts on challenges encountered in the field and these experts will be able to give prompt and fast response and support to help them overcome their challenges.
With Eneza’s platform, teachers will be able to track their own progress as well as measure the success of their lesson delivery. This will be done by utilizing data gathered on their students’ interaction with the platform as students will be allowed to take lessons on the same platform and their interactions and performance would be connected to their assigned teacher’s accounts.
Change & Impact
Eneza believes that by empowering teachers with the right tools and training, they will be equipped to tackle the ever growing demand of teachers. Teachers will have easy access to training content and curriculum structures thus designing the right kind of learning content for students. Eneza is putting development and growth right at the fingertips of teachers and educators using their mobile devices. Educators will have the adequate data to make the right decisions in determining learning outcomes of students.
Where our solution team is headquartered or located:Nairobi, Kenya
The dimensions of the Challenge our solution addresses:
What makes our solution innovative:
Eneza’s idea is an unconventional and creative approach to dealing with the issue of continuous professional development of teachers because it doesn’t require the purchase of new hardware and allows for teachers to grow professionally by accessing great-quality content in remote areas that do not have access to the internet.
The whole idea leverages on the power of mobile learning as the content and learning interactions can happen on any kind of phone from dumb phones, feature phones through to smart phones as well as online platforms.
How technology is integral to our solution:
Eneza is solution is an SMS, USSD and web based platform that provides curriculum aligned content to users. With content on teacher training and capacity development, teachers are able to take lessons, answer questions and ask experts on critical in-class experiences right from their mobile phones or computers.
Our API has the ability to understand each user interaction and determine the learning outcomes based on their performance on the platform. The analytics provides decision makers with the power to make data-driven decisions.
Our solution goals over the next 12 months:
Over the next 12 months, Eneza is looking to develop its teacher products for its three existing markets (Kenya, Ghana and Ivory Coast). Using our SMS, USSD and web platform, Eneza is looking to give teachers continuous professional development content and also the ability to track the performance of the students in their class and determine the impact of lessons based on empirical data on student performance which will then be used to improve lesson delivery and improve learning outcomes of students
Our vision over the next three to five years to grow and scale our solution to affect the lives of more people:
Eneza’s long-term strategy is to build a social community of teachers who will not be restricted by the boundaries of space and time. Teachers will be able to access any kind of content which will contribute to improving their capacity as individuals and contribute to their impact to students through their lesson delivery.
Eneza looks to connect teacher accounts to student accounts which will provide teachers will real time data to support their decision making process. The platform will also create a revenue making opportunity for teachers and support in the tracking of school attendance using QR code technology.
The key characteristics of the populations who will benefit from our solution in the next 12 months:
The regions where we will be operating in the next 12 months:
The countries where we currently operate:
Where we plan to expand in the next 12 months:
How we will reach and retain our customers or beneficiaries:
We will reach our beneficiaries via mobile SMS and Web. As part of determining success of our product within each market, Eneza tracks various key metrics as a measure focuses efforts on improving such metrics.
As part of our internal structures, Eneza has developed a robust API that is intelligent enough to track each and every user interaction on our product. Combining the power of our API and our data insights tool, Mixpanel, Eneza will be able to understand user journeys and how to interact with them in a dynamic way.
How many people we are currently serving with our solution:
Eneza has been operating over the last 5 years and in 3 major markets (Kenya, Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana) reaching 3,809,499 unique users (April 2018) with an average growth of 5.44% on a monthly basis (since January 2017). Unique users are defined as users who have had at least one interaction with Eneza’s platform.
Our product has a monthly active user count of 393,135 (April 2018) with a monthly average growth of 13.51%. All data represented shows growth rates over a period of 1.4 years.
How many people we will be serving with our solution in the 12 months and the next 3 years:
Over the next 12 months, we expect 50,535 to have access to our solution. These people (teachers including students) will have the right training content thus helping them deliver better instructions to students. As students will also be signed onto the service, in addition to teachers getting access to student data, students will also improve on their academic performance.
In the next 3 years, we expect our solution to reach 327,833 people. These projections are based on our existing customer trends in Ghana having reached 839,160 people with 36,282 subscribed onto the service.
How our solution team is organized:For-Profit
How many people work on our solution team:20+
How many years we have been working on our solution:5-10 years
The skills our solution team has that will enable us to attract the different resources needed to succeed and make an impact:
The CEO is a 2x entrepreneur with over 10 year in SMS/WAP Engineering. Our Chief Business Development Officer has a vast amount of experience in strategy and scaling edtech solutions in different markets. We have skills sets in telecommunication integrations, SMS, USSD and web based technologies. Our team posses skills with engaging mass markets and the rural populations. Our Ghanaian Country Director has a background in Human Resources and Law. Our board has over 15 years of experience work in the impact investment, startups, education and technology.
Our revenue model:
B2C Revenue Model: Mass markets are billed through airtime once they select a subscription package (daily, weekly and monthly subscriptions).
B2B Market: Corporates sponsor students at a cost of $24 per user per year. With this, their cohort of users can engage with content for free for a 1-year period.
Our service is a low cost service and thus making it easy for people to subscribe and get access to content without to much difficulty. The economies of scales creates a sustainable long term solution
Why we are applying to Solve:
Solve represents a great opportunity for our organisation to be able to scale and gain access to a vibrant network of game changers that we can work with to co-create and partner with regards to solving the education access not only in Africa but across the world. It is also helpful to work hand in glove with an organisation that greatly understands the challenge that we are trying to solve which creates an opportunity for us to also be able to add value to the entire Solve experience
The key barriers for our solution:
Eneza’s challenge in scaling our business is continuously keeping the content on the product dynamic and engaging for users. Our focus is on providing relevant content that will improve the economic well-being of our users. As a way of mitigating this challenge, Eneza has partnered with stakeholders within the economy that is working towards economic improvement by providing support on socio-economic issues. These institutions become content partners who support with our content creation process. Solve has a great network of institutions that can potentially be content partners, connecting us to some of these players will be crucial for our success
The types of connections and partnerships we would be most interested in if we became Solvers: