eSchool360

eSchool360 aims to reinvent education in rural Zambia by providing a comprehensive, scaleable, and sustainable one-stop-shop "kit" for starting and running a school that incorporates e-learning and active learning.
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Year launched: 
2009
Launch country: 

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Implementer: 
Impact Network
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Location Data

State/Province: 
Eastern Province
City: 
Near Katete, Zambia
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Program Description: 

eSchool360 began with a focus on constructing sustainable schools in rural areas of Zambia. The model has now evolved away from emphasizing school construction to focus on partnerships with the government and others to bring the eSchool360 package to existing community schools across Zambia. This model differs from the low-cost private school model in that eSchool360 aims to be a package that schools can purchase. The eSchool360 package is a comprehensive kit for operating a school, including e-learning hardware (projectors, laptops, and tablets), activity-based lesson plans aligned to the Zambian national curriculum, a solar electric system, weekly logistical support from eSchool360 staff, and the eSchool360 “playbook,” which details the critical requirements to start and run a school from top to bottom (hiring, training, and retaining teachers; employing teacher supervisors; establishing Parent Teacher Associations; fostering community ownership of schools by tying into local community contribution practices; and more).

Though students do not pay tuition, the cost for operating an eSchool360 is $3 per student per month, which is currently covered by donations in 10 pilot schools. This is less than a third of the cost of government schools. eSchool360’s technology partner is iSchool, which has developed a comprehensive online eLearning package designed to cover the whole of the Zambian school curriculum that has been approved by the Zambian Ministry of Education.

The curriculum, written by experienced Zambian teachers and available in English as well as eight local languages, focuses on "learning by doing." Within each eSchool360, classes are divided for group work. At any given time up to half of the students work on tablets, while their remaining classmates engage in written work, games and activities, and review with the teacher. This minimizes the cost of providing tablets to students without compromising the learning experience. Each school day is divided into three sessions: morning, mid-morning, and afternoon. Each student attends one session, which consists of four 40-minute classes in four different subjects. This allows for students to select one session with consideration for their family schedules and obligations to complete work outside of school.

Highlighting Innovation: 
Provide teachers with a tablet pre-loaded with lessons and activity-based content to deliver eLearning lessons. The interactive, “learning-by-doing” curriculum included on the tablets helps teachers without previous training.
Key Challenges: 
Connectivity. Cultural differences. Accurate data collection.