EdTech in Tanzania: Youth innovating for youth

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Education in Tanzania has been gaining crucial technological changes over the past decades. The government of Tanzania has acknowledged the role of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in stimulating effective learning in the modern era, via its frameworks—communicated in the Education and Training Policy of 1995, and the national ICT policy of 2016 that both embody education technology in their own manner. In this context, Tanzania’s innovation landscape is getting better as more young people take the helm to create solutions. In this case—MyElimu and Mtabe apps, which are customized education technology (platforms) offering seamless learning materials to secondary students across Tanzania via mobile phones are gaining traction. The communication landscape in Tanzania is growing, and numbers show this growth could turn to be a gold mine for innovative solutions such as MyElimu. According to information from Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA), internet penetration moved up from 40 per cent in 2017 to 43 per cent in 2019, with the number of people going online to over 23 million,  almost 83 per cent of whom doing so via mobile phones. Given Edward is a young innovator from Tanzania, with aspirations of simplifying learning to students across the nation.  With more than

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Padili Mikomangwa is an environmentalist based in Tanzania. . He is passionate about helping communities be aware of critical issues cutting across, environmental economics and natural resources management. He holds a bachelors degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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