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In an ambitious move to tackle pressing educational challenges in South Africa, Injini, Africa's leading EdTech Accelerator and Think Tank, in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, has announced its second cohort for the EdTech Fellowship. This program is a significant investment in the future of education, providing twelve growth-stage EdTech companies with specialised support valued at over R2,500,000.

South Africa's education system faces critical issues including a shortage of quality teachers, limited access to relevant educational resources, and significant administrative burdens on educators. In response, the EdTech Fellowship program has selected companies offering innovative solutions, such as one-on-one tutoring, ICT infrastructure optimisation, and professional development for teachers.

The selected companies represent a broad spectrum of solutions tailored to improve educational outcomes:

Book Village: An online platform providing one-on-one tutoring to help young learners read at their own pace.

E-Cubed: A mobile-first platform offering entrepreneurial learning and innovation opportunities.

EcoLabs Africa: Focused on enhancing ICT infrastructure in underserved schools.

Fintr: Utilising gamification to teach financial literacy to children.

Global Teachers Institute (GTI): Aiming to develop master teachers through integrated learning placements.

Grow ECD: Offering tools and resources for early childhood development (ECD) management.

Mindjoy: Equipping educators with the tools to transform lessons into practical tech projects.

Finding Thabo: An interactive game by the Reach Trust, designed to stimulate foundational learning.

RoboSTEAM: Specialising in coding and robotics education for primary students.

SOCO_ED: Providing a versatile online learning platform.

Ubuntu Education: Supporting African teachers with resources and growth opportunities.

Vambo AI: Enhancing the learning experience with multilingual capabilities.

The program's impact extends beyond just financial support. Fellows receive pedagogical evaluation, custom market research, and have the opportunity to collaborate with experts across various fields. Additionally, they benefit from networking and knowledge-sharing with industry leaders.

The involvement of the Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning is pivotal. As Joseph Nsengimana, the Director of the Centre, states, "Our mission is to catalyse and accelerate the EdTech ecosystem," emphasising the strategic goal to support 96 EdTech companies across five tech hubs this year.

As the program continues to develop, it is poised to make a substantial impact on South Africa's educational landscape. By addressing the systemic challenges through innovative technological solutions, Injini and the Mastercard Foundation are leading significant advancements in educational equity and quality. This initiative not only supports the growth of EdTech enterprises but also contributes to building a robust body of evidence on what effectively enhances educational outcomes in Africa.

posted Apr 15 in EdTech Startups and Business by (10 points) | 351 views