More than 50 million students in Sub-Saharan Africa are unable to attend school and the challenge impacts girls disproportionately. In addition to a shortage of teachers and an inability of many families to pay school fees, limited access to textbooks makes it difficult for students who are in school to study and advance. In Kenya, the majority of elementary students do not advance to high school.
Solution and Impact
Financing to the Unreasonable Capital Investment Fund is helping Eneza Education bring virtual learning technology to students in rural Africa. Eneza’s mobile education program allows students to access courses and assignments, learn with live instructors, and interact from tutors and peers on any mobile phone. By providing this support for just 50 cents per month, Eneza has made it available to many poor families and has reached more than six million students across Kenya, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire to date, while also increasing the typical student’s time spent studying and their academic performance.