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Siree-Brings The Power of Online Education to the offline World targeting students on Emergency Settings & Difficult to reach contexts.

Siree is an offline learning platform where students will be able to learn in their safety while teachers- able to create their own schools

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What problem does your innovation solve?

Siree is ideal for delivering quality education into remote-difficult to reach contexts by enabling students learn through their cheap cellphones using the solar powered wifi enabled device and by providing Multimedia learning platform to provide quality education in limited physical spaces with contents delivered in country specific localised languages aiming to solve the delivery of quality education during natural disasters, armed conflicts while providing safety learning for students.

Explain your innovation.

Siree is a portable solar powered Wi-Fi enabled device loaded with over 7000 videos, 20,000 interactive exercises, over 200 musical lectures based on country specific curriculum, offline educational materials like Encyclopaedia, and thousands of free eBooks to help students, schools and other institutions deliver quality and up-to-date learning resources for dis-advantaged students residing on Emergency situations in areas with no internet and electric access by bringing the power of online learning to the offline world. Siree is sustainable as students will pay small subscription fee to use our platform using USSD or Voucher cards. While content translation will create jobs for communities. We believe that Siree is the future education movement for humanity as its economically impossible to build schools in every emergency situations and and to have quality teachers in risky situations. Siree provides the technology &platform for communities to create their own schools & enroll students with affordable fee in their home/tent/ by uberizing the education system to create a sustainable and human centred solution, siree provides a periodical test and certification of grade completion for students in distant education manner and store their results in cloud using student fingerprint to provide future prospect for their learning as it is necessary for their Hope & entire wellness. Ethiopian Traditional Education(Yekes Timihirt) uses similar approach to teach students .

Who benefits?

Even though siree will be essential to provide quality education for different global emergency situations, we will primarily trying to address the education need of more than 630,000 south sudan refugees residing in Ethiopia in Gambella region specifically targeted to provide quality education for girls in the region.

How is your innovation unique?

We have seen many initiatives have been proposed and implemented globally ranging from delivering tablet to rural children's up to establishing refugee targeted radio and television educational programs which is either expensive to scale globally in the case of one child one tablet project and lacks a means of continuous content delivery- a tablet is noting with out the content, additionally it lacks the concept and sense of distance education ( assessment, test and certification)- in which students will not be motivated to learn if it doesn't have future prospect. Our approach is different as we design our idea using the human centred design to empower teachers from refugees communities/ by remembering they are like me and you who can contribute to their society/ to create their school in their home while being able to make money for living which creates hope for themselves while creating a safe learning environment for students which can be certified and acknowledged by Siree.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

Currently we are testing and iterating our idea of Disrupting the Education System as Airbnb Does to the Hospitality Industry and we have some clear hypothesis of testing which states: 1. "will students be willing to get enrolled in peoples School/house/ or any Setting to study their education rather than emergency situations and what will motivate them to do so ", 2. "Will this be the future of Modern Education for Entire Humanity and if so how can our Testing , Accreditation and certification will get Globally acceptance."

Tell us more about you.

Siree is a project in our company named S.R.E(Scientific Revolution Earth) which is a company dedicated to solve major developmental challenges of the world using science and technology. Our team is composed of young innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers and managers of which all of us are experienced in our specialty. We are the 2016 global winners of World Summit Award in Education for all category / For More information about our team you can visit

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Natural disaster
  • Armed conflict
  • Prolonged displacement
  • Extreme drought

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

During natural disasters, Armed Conflict, Extreme draught and other emidate displacement situations it will be impossible and economically difficult to construct big schools which could accommodate the hugely affected population and it will be much more difficult to recruit teachers which could teach students risking their lives in such extreme situations which makes Siree ideal as refuges themselves will not require special training to be a teacher in their community using siree .

Where will your innovation be implemented?

Even though we have several successful experience with many schools in remote parts of Ethiopia, we believe that, scaling to the refugee education dimension will need several testing and iteration to capture value and needs sustainability test as we are targeting low income group. Hence, we want to lower our cost structure by starting our operation in to the south-Sudan refugee camp in Gambella, Ethiopia and scale up to other regions through time.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

In-country Networks

I have more than 12 Years of Business Experience in Ethiopia while our teams are composed of different disciplines ranging from the Education sector to Chief finance officers and Engineers of which 3 of them resides in Gambella Region. We are partners with Mandela Distant Education Academy to tackle the issue of certification and assessment, partnered with Ethiopian Ministry of Education and we planned to work with UNHCR-Ethiopia, UNICEF, GIZ,USAID and other NGO's Operating in our region.

Sector Expertise

  • I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.

Sector Expertise - Elaborate

We have tested Siree on 12 rural schools using B2B2C business model approach and learned that , It takes prolonged marketing time to get subscription agreement. which makes our customer acquisition cost very large. Hence, From our Past Experience we learned that, in order to achieve "providing quality education for disadvantaged people" the entire education structure and business model have to be disrupted in the Uberization model and we are at the initial stage of testing our hypothesis .

Innovation Maturity

  • Existing Prototype or Pilot: I have tested a part of my solution with users and am iterating.

Organization Status

  • We are a registered for-profit company (including social enterprises).

Organization Location

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


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Yes, Siree is a learning stage where understudies will have the capacity to learn in their wellbeing.

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