This week we are excited to share an interview with Eleanor Sykes, who works at Impact Network’s partner, Mwabu (previously known as iSchool). Mwabu creates the content and hardware that we introduce into our schools.
We couldn’t do the work we do without the help of our large network of friends and donors. Thank you so much to everyone who believes in the Impact Network mission, and especially to Eleanor for answering our questions this week!
1. Tell us a little about who you are and what you do!
I am the Head of Academy at Mwabu – we are an e-learning content provider that started in Zambia and is now expanding into other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. I develop teacher training courses, mentoring and online support, and ensure our product is being used successfully by the teachers in their schools.
2. When and how did you first hear about Impact Network?
I heard about Impact Network in the UK when Emily came to visit our offices to discuss our product. I have since been up to Eastern Province in Zambia to see the product in action in the schools.
3. Why do you think it is important to support schools in Zambia?
It is vital to support schools in Zambia to create the best possible opportunities for learning. Many children in Zambia have a tough and hard life, with little or no job opportunities available to them. Raising their numeracy and literacy skills, as well as an awareness of the outside world is imperative if we want them to have improved life chances.
4. What are you most excited for at the moment?
I am excited at the hope and possibility that we will get it right with the new content we are providing, to enable teachers to teach with more efficacy, imagination and engagement that children will learn and benefit from what we are doing, and that we have the ability to rectify and learn from past errors.
5. What is your favorite quote?
Carpe diem; Seize the day.