Kenya’s eLimu makes free KCPE content available online

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Kenyan startup eLimu, which launched in 2012 offering educational content via tablet and app, has launched a free online educational resource covering the entire KCPE curriculum.

eLimu offers easily navigable educational content aimed at primary school learners, including features such as 3D animations, songs and videos. It is now available with with textbook content covering the entire core KCPE curriculum.

The website contains thousands of lessons, with eLimu saying it would assist in improving the quality of education in Kenya. The startup has also developed extra content away from the curriculum, covering life skills such as financial literacy and civic and social lessons on topics such as the environment, citizenship and the Kenyan constitution.

“Every Kenyan learner with digital access can now watch an animation that simply explains our constitution to her and what it means to her. This is a big step for eLimu to have done this for the entire upper primary curriculum; this is a big step for Kenya,” said Nivi Mukherjee, eLimu’s co-founder.

Co-founder and chief technological officer (CTO) Marie Githinji said the ‘Silicon Savannah’ had received a lot of hype in the last few years, but eLimu was part of the reality.

“With the tablet programme coming up, there’s a huge opportunity for us to reach  millions of students in a few years,” she said.

“Our content features Kenyan faces, voices and landscapes – so that learning is really relatable for every child. Our site will help children improve their test scores – and give the 21st century learner and teacher the skills and tools to compete on a global stage.”

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