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SHE-LEAPS Education

SHE-LEAPS Education is a remote learning web app that builds and deploys world-class learning content to children in Nigeria.

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SHE-LEAPS Education is a content design and learning management platform, dedicated to the development of audiovisual lessons that cover the full spectrum of Nigeria's Education Resource Centers syllabus. Our goal is to make sure every child has access to world-class learning materials, regardless of their location, and to ensure that quality of learning is neither hindered by an increase in school enrollment nor the lock-down.

Using a gamification process that encourages online participation and collaborative learning, our learning modules are self-paced, which means children are not forced to learn in any particular order. 

A fine blend of direct instruction and hands-on projects ensures that every child is carried along, regardless of their natural style of learning. Using v-books, we are able to ensure that children retain a reading culture in a world that is now highly audio-visual during the lock-down period and beyond. 

https://edu.sheleaps.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/3.-Plants.mp4

A quick preview of our content.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Education today is plagued by two giant and opposing forces. Access and Excellence. Every attempt to increase access to education is opposed by a drastic reduction in the quality of education. With the surge in technology due to the lockdown, schools will be better able to increase quality of learning. The online content and platforms created will go a long way in making that possible. Also, since schools are one of the oldest institutions today, it would also be in place to take elements of the old school system that work-like direction instruction, and blend them with those that don't- like standardized testing to form a new kind of learning that is based on personal interests and previous knowledge, as we prepare our children for an industrial revolution that is unprecedented.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

Evelyn Haruna is a computer professional majoring in the use of technologies to provide end-to-end education and human capital development services.

A social entrepreneur and UN Global Champion at Empower Women, my award-winning platform (SHE-LEAPS) mobilizes a global network of online volunteers to provide solutions that help small communities in Nigeria. With additional qualifications in early childhood education, I pride my self in my role as a class teacher more than that of a school proprietress.

I am inspired by a desire to teach children differently, knowing that the only way children of ordinary citizens can get high-quality learning experiences in a developing country would be through the use of new and emerging technologies.

What region are you located in?

  • Western Africa

Where are you located?

FCT, Abuja, Nigeria.

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Hi Evelyn, thank you for contributing!
I like the idea of providing visual aids to students who are otherwise faced with duller materials. Also, what you said about opposing forces of access and excellence really resonates with me, as I have been thinking a lot about equity, and unfortunately pursuing equity often requires a lowering of standards. How does your program address the need to cater to children who have less resources?

David

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Team

Yes, David, SHE-LEAPS Education is targeted at the urban poor. And in Nigeria where we have a mobile phone penetration of about 90 percent, almost everyone has a mobile phone.
Our lessons are also designed as small v-books of about 3 minutes study i.e approximately 5MB of data and are downloadable/transferable via blue tooth.
We are however making contact with some internet service providers in terms of free browsing in exchange for adverts on our platform. However, more ideas are welcome. What's on your mind?

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Photo of Evelyn Haruna
Team

Yes, David, SHE-LEAPS Education is targeted at the urban poor. And in Nigeria where we have a mobile phone penetration of about 90 percent, almost everyone has a mobile phone.
Our lessons are also designed as small v-books of about 3 minutes study i.e approximately 5MB of data and are downloadable/transferable via blue tooth.
We are however making contact with some internet service providers in terms of free browsing in exchange for adverts on our platform. However, more ideas are welcome. What's on your mind?

Spam
Photo of Evelyn Haruna
Team

Yes, David, SHE-LEAPS Education is targeted at the urban poor. And in Nigeria where we have a mobile phone penetration of about 90 percent, almost everyone has a mobile phone.
Our lessons are also designed as small v-books of about 3 minutes study i.e approximately 5MB of data and are downloadable/transferable via blue tooth.
We are however making contact with some internet service providers in terms of free browsing in exchange for adverts on our platform. However, more ideas are welcome. What's on your mind?

Spam
Photo of David Enders
Team

Hi Evelyn,
While browsing through ideas on this platform, I've seen a lot of mentions of broadcasting educational content through public broadcasting services, like television or radio. Maybe SHE-LEAPS could use this type of technology to reach even more households? Families that don't have smartphones could likely have either a television or radio. Let me know what you think.
David

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Team

Yes, thought of it but the financial implications are high so we decided to design the platform around our available resources.