iMlango was a flagship EdTech project operating in four rural counties in Kenya from 2015 to 20211. Funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO, formerly DFID) through the Girls’ Education Challenge, it was an innovative public-private sector consortium which – among other things – equipped 245 schools with desktop computers, satellite internet connectivity and digital learning resources. The project aimed to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes, with a specific focus on girls.
This paper encapsulates Whizz Education’s principal learnings about EdTech (in low-income contexts) based on our experience as the numeracy learning partner within iMlango. Drawing on quantitative data and project team insights, we introduce some teaching & learning-focused guidelines for successful EdTech adoption.