Eneza Education (formerly known as MPrep) was founded by Kenyan teachers aiming to utilize SMS technology in the classroom with the goal of improving student learning. The program seeks to provide quality educational resources to remote schools in Kenya, and eventually in other countries. The technology provides students with a tool to study and learn, as well as a means to collect important data on students' learning outcomes, that can then be used to advise and inform both teachers and parents.
Students in classes 7 and 8 use the mobile phone program as a study tool to take quizzes related to the national curriculum. They type an activation code into a mobile phone to start taking the quiz on a particular topic that is being taught in class. Students are directed to answer the questions and receive feedback, tips, and mini-lessons based on their answers. Teachers can track students' performances as the data from the mobile phones is collected and fed back to a central location, and made accessible to teachers and parents. This data can then be used to assist parents and teachers in identifying students' strengths and weaknesses, enabling them to provide additional support where needed. Schools are also able to access country-wide data of students' scores from other schools.
Eneza Education is currently working on developing the SMS assessment system on topics taught in class, to a multi-media learning platform that is accessible to more schools and students through ICT.
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CEI approaches in action
Eneza is able to target the poor through its focus on using mobile phones, which are widely available, possessed by 95% of the Kenyan population in households of all income levels.
Eneza Education works with 400 partner schools.
Eneza Education is looking to partner with more schools to expand access. It seeks to reach 200,000 students by 2014, and achieve a 20% increase in students' scores by 2016.
Eneza Education is also working on developing a multi-media learning platform so that teachers can choose the best ICT medium to use in their classroom.
The organization recently re-branded from "MPrep" to "Eneza Education."
Monitoring & Evaluation
Eneza Education has conducted an internal impact study in 3 schools (2013), and compared the results with a control group of 100 children in 3 different areas.
Students' overall scores increased by 5% in 2012.