Updated Apr 04, 2019

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Learning Equality - Bringing the Online Learning Revolution Offline

Kolibri is an open-source educational platform designed to provide offline access to a curated and openly licensed content library with pedagogical support tools for use in low-resource and low-connectivity contexts.


Lauren Lichtman

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Building on lessons from 6 million users of KA Lite which brought Khan Academy’s videos and interactive exercises offline, Kolibri is being piloted with partners in India, Mexico and Uganda, and supports grassroots usage to scale.

Registered as a Non-Profit in United States.

Focus Areas:

Human Centered Design, Refugees, Education and 17 MoreSEE ALL

Human Centered Design, Refugees, Education, Basic Education, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Secondary Education, Curriculum, Soft or Life Skills, Higher Education, Non-formal Education (OOS/ALP), Literacy, Methods & Learning, Inclusive Education, Parent & Family Engagement, Mentoring/Coaching, Teacher Development and Training, Testing & Assessment, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity, Technology and InclusionSEE LESS

Implemented In:

India, Mexico and Uganda

India, Mexico and UgandaSEE LESS

Key Partners
Countries Implemented In


The "online learning revolution" has generated excitement about the potential for broad, free access to educational resources. One of the greatest barriers is approximately half of the world still lacks Internet access. Countries with the least Internet access are the same countries with the least access to quality education in general, including fewer qualified teachers per student and fewer educational materials.



Learning Equality's projects help to bridge the digital divide by providing these low-resource communities with access to digital content normally accessed online. It also makes it easier for educators all over the world to utilize these materials by providing tools to support personalized learning and advanced content management, so that content can be organized, aligned to a local curriculum, and even authored and uploaded.

Target Beneficiaries

This innovation intends to benefit both learners and educators alike in a wide variety of contexts such as rural schools, refugee camps, orphanages, non-formal school systems, and prison systems.

Mission and Vision

Learning Equality is committed to enabling every person in the world to realize their right to a quality education by building technology and tools with a primary emphasis on being usable and effective in some of the most resource-constrained contexts on earth, through supporting the creation, adaptation and distribution of open educational resources, and creating supportive tools for innovative pedagogy.

Innovation Description

Our educational software makes open educational resources available in areas without internet connectivity. The Kolibri ecosystem encompasses a set of interacting products, while also having an architecture designed to easily integrate a wide variety of digital innovations and make them accessible to audiences they may not ordinarily reach. They include:

1. Kolibri, an offline, lightweight distributed application that Learners, Coaches and Administrators use to interact with content. For educators, it supports differentiated instruction with the ability to group students together and assign groups of students exams and specific sets of content.

2. Kolibri Studio, a web-based tool for curriculum management that gives users full control over the organization of their educational materials. Educators can explore pre-organized libraries of open educational resources, and bundle, tag, differentiate, re-order, and distribute their content into custom channels, as well as create exercises.

3. Kolibri Toolkit, a customizable set of resources to support understanding how to use Kolibri and Kolibri Studio in a diverse set of contexts, including pedagogical and technical guidance for incorporating Kolibri into an educational program and creating effective learning environments. The Toolkit is what supports a do-it-yourself model for use of Kolibri so that users have resources to support on improving the incorporation of Kolibri into learning environments.

Competitive Advantage

Kolibri is unique in that it provides educational content offline that can be curated to standards or to meet local needs, while providing pedagogical support to educators. How it works? Digital content is first scraped from the web and hosted in a library which runs on a local server. From there, content can be organized by a curriculum developer or any other educator into channels, or lists of curated content, which are then synced to instances of the app installed on local devices. The content is then able to run without any further internet connection, and the teacher is able to work with learners through a special teacher view which allows them to manage classes, view student progress, create exercises, and more.

Planned Goals and Milestones

The plan for scale and sustainability of Kolibri includes: (1) strategic partnerships with organizations that can utilize Kolibri in education programming or support the platform in feature development, design, content, hardware and more; (2) iterative feature development for learners and teachers, and a toolkit to support innovative pedagogy; and (3) sourcing and aligning an educational content library in languages and subjects of need, and fitting global content into curricula.
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted1,000,000
New Implemented CountriesGuatemala, Ghana, Ethiopia, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cameroon, Cambodia, Bangladesh, United States, Lebanon, Peru, Mozambique, Mexico, Malaysia, Lesotho, Kenya, Jordan, India, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Myanmar, Pakistan


Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
May 2014
Key Partnership
Jun 2013
Key Partnership
ORGANIZATIONMotivation for Excellence
as part of
Nalanda Project
Dec 2012
New Product or Service
Initial release of KA Lite