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  • 04-Dec-2018

Eko

Abstract

Eko is an app that works as a teaching assistant to primary and secondary school teachers with a focus on merging traditionally curricula with job readiness skills. The app uses specially designed games to teach students entrepreneurial skills, critical thinking, communication skills, conflict resolution, creative thinking, team work skills, typing, technological literacy as well as basic math and literacy.

The teacher is able to keep track of each individual students progress throughout the year as well as specific areas where the individual student or multiple students are struggling. Additionally, Eko is able to collect data on job readiness, basic literacy, and technological literacy.

According to recent UNICEF population growth data, it’s predicted that in the next 12 years, the continent of Africa will experience an increase in populace, launching them into stage 2 of their demography curve. African primary and secondary schooling remains stagnant in it’s development compared to the rate at which the population is increasing. Lack of access to proper tools (by way of monetary constraints) keeps the education gap between Africa and the developed world relatively wide. We believe that the introduction of our program will provide Africa with the boost it needs to close that gap.

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Who is your customer?

We have two user groups: Students in African countries, and the teachers of these students. Our customers can be partitioned into three main sections: NGOs, inter-governmental organizations, and private sector companies, all of whom are interested in the job-readiness skills and educational advancements of African children.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

According to recent UNICEF population growth data, it is predicted that in the next 12 years, the continent of Africa will experience a population increase, launching them into stage 2 of their demographic curve. African primary and secondary schooling remains stagnant in its development compared to the rate at which the population is increasing. Lack of access to proper tools (by way of monetary constraints) keeps the education gap between Africa and the developed world relatively wide. We believe that the introduction of our program will provide Africa with the boost it needs to close that gap. As it stands right now, most African children, especially in the least developed rural areas, do not have access to appropriate educational resources. While our product is technologically centered, we acknowledge the importance of human interaction. We are designing our application to work in conjunction with teachers. This is particularly important for Africa because in many of these countries, the teacher-to-student ratio is unacceptable according to most studies done on optimizing the learning process for a learning environment. Additionally, there is an increasing need for data on literacy and workforce readiness in African youth. With a growing demographic and increasing unemployment rates, workforce readiness is critical for the development of these countries.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Eko is an app that works as a teaching assistant to primary and secondary school teachers with a focus on merging traditional curricula with job readiness skills. The app uses specially designed games to teach students entrepreneurial skills, critical thinking, communication skills, conflict resolution, creative thinking, team work skills, typing, technological literacy alongside basic math and literacy. A classroom teaching aid like Eko would also help diminish the effects of such an uneven student to teacher ratio. The teacher can track a student’s progress throughout the year as well as specific areas where an individual student or multiple students are struggling. Additionally, Eko will be collecting data on job readiness, basic literacy, and technological literacy skills, all of which are workforce readiness skills. Data on workforce readiness which is critical for the development of these countries.