eLearning works because it provides teachers with a roadmap to teach and engages students with activity-based lessons.
We've learned through research that technology alone is not enough. Delivering quality education requires all aspects of a school to work in sync. Impact Network developed the eSchool 360 model to maximize the potential benefits of eLearning in the most remote, under-served areas of Africa.
Impact Network partners with Mwabu, a local Zambian organization, to provide teachers with a tablet and projector to deliver class lessons. The Mwabu tablet contains thousands of preloaded lessons and lesson plans that adhere to the Zambian national curriculum, are approved by the Ministry of Education, and are taught in the local language.
Teachers are hired locally, providing crucial job creation in rural areas, and ensuring that staff are vested in the community’s interests. Weekly coaching sessions help tailor support to the needs of individual teachers. Teacher Supervisors spend time observing lessons and facilitate discussions with teachers to figure out how they can collaborate on improving instructional practices. During monthly training sessions, teachers come together from across our schools to participate in a series of workshops. The sequence of topics are designed to support teachers with a theoretical underpinning of pedagogy as well as equip them with practical tools for the classroom.
Professional staff (including teacher supervisors and a technology expert) support every school, providing accountability, on-site support, and training.
In contrast to other community schools, where teachers are often volunteers who are paid sporadically and poorly, if at all, our teachers receive a living wage.
In addition to community and teacher ownership, steel doors and a security guard are provided.
The tablet curriculum provides activity-oriented lesson plans for each day, designed to move learning away from traditional rote learning. Beyond purely academic learning, the curriculum includes valuable lessons such as practical environmental lessons, health and sanitation lessons, and conservation and wildlife lessons.
Since our schools are “off the grid,” electricity in our schools is generated from solar power installed on the roofs in an effort to conserve and protect the environment using cost-effective means. We purchase solar panels through a Zambian company, id Solar Solutions, who provide the materials, installation, maintenance, and maintenance training for our staff.
Ownership is fostered through community activities. Each school has a Parent Teacher Association that provides input, parental involvement, and support.
Respectable and safe facilities are key to providing a quality learning environment for students. Buildings are constructed and maintained by local workers.
Since the program targets under-resourced families, students, teachers, and schools are given adequate school supplies.