An eLearning Revolution, and It’s Starting in Rural Africa

Meet Elizabeth, a twelve-year-old who walked over 10 kilometers to school and back every day. Despite her class being crowded — sometimes with 75 children for each teacher — and her teachers often being from outside the community, regularly overwhelmed and sometimes missing their teaching obligations — she was lucky to receive an education at all. This is the reality of a child growing up in rural Zambia’s Eastern Province. Her classes were ineffective, often having her recite back words that meant little to her without any practical applications. Frustrated and bored, Elizabeth’s drive to learn unfortunately plummeted along with her school performance. Eventually, she dropped out of school altogether.

Elizabeth’s story is not unique to Zambia. According to 2011 numbers from the Brookings Institute, over 30 million school-aged children are out-of-school across Sub-Saharan Africa, and even those who do enroll in primary school don’t often succeed. Only 53 percent of students who enroll in primary school complete it, only 28 percent go on to enroll in secondary school. Less than 10 percent make it to university. In addition to this, poor children living in rural areas are even less likely to succeed than their wealthier urban counterparts.

Every child deserves access to a quality education. Together, let’s all help provide it, one student at a time.

Read the entire article by Stephan Spencer on Huffington Post at

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