This is the 2nd blog in our series showcasing the winners of the African Union ‘Innovating Education in Africa’ program. As part of the GPE Financing Campaign, we hear from young people on the financing and innovations needed to keep education at the center of the COVID recovery, to get more children learning and leave no child behind.
My name is Pilirani Kumasewera, a 35-year old from Malawi. My very first job after university was teaching at a secondary school. I noticed that we did not have enough books in the library but we had some computers in the computer lab.
I thought if I, in collaboration with the teachers, created digital lessons and put them in the computers, we would significantly increase the number of learners who would be having access to quality learning resources.
Having no background in programming, I started teaching myself how to code using books and websites. A year later, the first computer software containing learning resources for secondary was released. This was the birth of Padziwe, back in 2011.
Through the years, we have conceived a number of ideas to help learners access quality learning resources. These ideas culminated into the creation of an ecosystem of digital education, with both online and offline applications for learners, teachers and schools.
A set of tools for schools, students and teachers
The Padziwe Ecosystem for Digital Education is a collection of software applications and hardware aimed at supporting learners, teachers and schools in the teaching and learning process. It contains:
- Padziwe digital library (PDL): Desktop and mobile software with interactive learning resources for primary and secondary school. The content is enriched with visual media such as interactive animations, videos, audios, diagrams, etc. to help learners understand concepts easier.
- Teachers desk: Online application offering continuous professional development (CPD) to teachers for free. The training content is enriched with visual and interactive media to enhance assimilation.
- Padziwe educational hardware: Android tablets and solar-powered laptops containing the Padziwe Digital Library app.
- School management system: An application that allows schools to manage their administrative processes, such as processing student grades, records, fees payments, and so on.
- Exam bank: Application that allows teachers to automatically create question papers from a huge collection of pre-created questions.