Updated Apr 10, 2019

Manning Sutton

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A low-cost, locally supportable solar powered digital library using off the shelf parts, and high-quality relevant content in local language.

Using low-cost commonly available hardware (solar panel, battery pack, Raspberry PI server, projector and tablets), plus high-quality curated content, this solution provides a school with the library resources it needs to enable students to learn new skills in the digital age and progress more successfully in their education. This digital library includes rich localized materials availab...
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Using low-cost commonly available hardware (solar panel, battery pack, Raspberry PI server, projector and tablets), plus high-quality curated content, this solution provides a school with the library resources it needs to enable students to learn new skills in the digital age and progress more successfully in their education. This digital library includes rich localized materials available for use by school administrators, teachers and students. It is accessible by smartphones, tablets and computers via a local WiFi connection to the “digital library.” This augments the existing curriculum, aiding teachers and students in learning current lessons and can provide a rich, engaging learning experience. Provides innovative tools such as video tutorials in math and science, interactive math lessons, Wikipedia, dictionary, maps, books and more - that are typically available only through a physical library and books or through the internet. This solution provides easy to access materials that are available locally on the digital library.
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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

A prototype was created and tested in 4 schools in Senegal. The schools and teachers have found it quite helpful with Math, Science and Reading (literacy). It is significantly less expensive than a physical library and more durable.

Focus Areas:

Basic Education, Literacy, Methods & Learning and 1 MoreSEE ALL

Basic Education, Literacy, Methods & Learning and SolarSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Senegal and Zimbabwe

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Countries Implemented In
2
Employees
$2,500
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Although improvements to the overall education system have seen improvements in recent years in many areas, challenges remain. "Among grade 6 students in West and Central Africa in 2014, less than 45 percent reached the “sufficient” competency level for continuing studies in reading or mathematics." Thus problems include: • High illiteracy rates • Lack of books, library materials, internet access, electricity • Strong regional school disparities

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Solution

This "digital library" solution can help address some of the problems in education by using low cost, innovative, high quality content and materials that can be built and supported locally, thus improving it's probably of long-term success. Using solar, it can provide the same access to schools with limited or no electricity: - Server + Tablets: in a library setting - Server + Tablet(s)/Computer + Projector: in a classroom or library setting

Target Beneficiaries

Students, teachers and administrators at primary schools in French speaking Africa.

Mission and Vision

Our vision is to provide a barrier-free learning environment where students can reach their highest potential. We aim to improve children’s education by providing schools with the technology and locally relevant library materials needed for achieving educational goals, reduce illiteracy and improve long-term societal outcomes.

Competitive Advantage

- Off the shelf, low cost components. - Can be built and supported locally. - Easily configurable software - High quality open-source/creative commons content, curated for primary schools. - Allows for locally created materials to be added (e.g., local language books) - Augments existing French curriculum - Provides a rich, engaging learning environment for students and teachers (interactive videos, STEM materials, well written books, etc.)

Planned Goals and Milestones

Update interface to make it easier for students and teachers to find and use materials Provide better search tool for books (by level, by type, keyword search) Develop a mapping between the curriculum and library materials. Use this to develop lesson plans. Develop teacher training materials, videos and include in Digital Library. Expand to additional schools. Develop feedback mechanism and collect data on defectiveness. Develop local partnerships, in country, region.
Funding Goal80,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted25,000
New Implemented CountriesCote d'Ivoire, Zimbabwe
New FeatureBook translation "hack-a-thons." Translate books (using on-line tool) from English to French and French to 2 local languages.

The Team Behind the Innovation

I have previously held executive and technology roles at IBM, Gap and TechSoup. I spent the last 10 years at an NGO (www.techsoup.org) developing partnerships and innovative programs in Africa. Lived and worked in Senegal in 2011 -2012. Adama MBODJI is an IT director, software architect and data scientist who is also the founder of the first and the most used School Management system in Senegal: MSDaara We are a cross functional team from Senegal, France and the US. (ages 17-57)

Milestone

Mar 2019
New Country Implemented In
Zimbabwe
Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Sep 2018
New Country Implemented In
Senegal

Supporting Materials

Digital-Library-one-pager-English-v2-3.14.2019.pdf