About M-Lugha

  • A multilingual and mother tongue based educational app that seek use of mother tongue language to aid rural kids learn.
  • Currently focused on ECD Level children, PP1, PP2, class 1-2-3. The app has animations, games, images, sounds and other multimedia mode of instructions.
  • With the help of qualified ECD and lower class teachers, we summarized KICD approved text books and generated our digital content.
  • We have prepared  animations that promote hygiene and nutrition, sanitation, wash and vaccinations  and promote the importance of Vitamins for kids.

As a pastoralist community,we comfortably speak and understand our first language (L1) before we go to school. Imagine walking into a class for the first time,the language of instruction is Either English or Swahili and above all the teacher is a non local who don’t understand your L1? Imagine dressing up for school one morning but you are told “no school for you today,we are moving to look for pasture” Imagine,having a passion to learn but there is no school around or the nearest school is 20km away? –

The language policy by the curriculum developers in Kenya states that kids in rural areas should be taught using their respective mother tongues.M-Lugha Mobile apps translated the Early childhood development Education syllabus(all subjects) to indigenous languages. With Solar powered kids Tablet and M-Lugha Apps,rural kids can access ECD digital content  anywhere and anytime while learning with their mother tongue!

M-Lugha solves the following problems:

  • Lack of enough teachers due to insecurity in the northern part of Kenya.
  • Terrorists target non locals.
  • Language incompetence because language of instruction is not our L1.
  • Non-Local Teachers and local pupils language barrier.
  • Digital literacy for rural kids
  • Lack of enough  schools
  • School dropout due to constant movement form one place to another in-search for pasture for the livestock.

Statistics shows that a class 2 pupil in urban centers can comfortably express themselves than a class 6 pupil in the rural areas.School drop out rate in the rural areas is 8% and enrollment rate is 11% due to persistent drought,famine and inter community conflicts.

Before my EdTech journey ,i was working as a telecom Engineer specialized in Optical networks, i enrolled to a masters course in Education Technology to find technological solution to our unending education crisis. With the help of competent ECD teachers we managed to create mother tongue based digital content in line with the Kenyan Curriculum.

We managed to translate the syllabus into 19 Kenyan local vernaculars mostly pluralists and rural population. The pastoral and rural make 60% of the Kenyan population.

M-Lugha will make the syllabus available in their local vernacular hence improve the quality of education in rural area.

App Screenshots

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About the innovator Abdinoor Alimahdi

Abdinoor Alimahdi is an Education Technologist and Telecoms Engineer. He holds MSc ICT in Education and instructional design.

Before he started his Educational technology career, Abdinoor was working in the telecom Industry as A licensed Optical network Engineer. He switched to Edtech after seeing the technology gap and poor education standards in the Northern Region of Kenya, where a Grade 7 pupil can’t read or write well. “The rest of the world is in the industry 4.0(The forth industrial revolution) but my people are struggling with langauge barrier” he says.

Abdinoor Alimahdi Skills;

  • Techpreneurship
  • Education Technologist
  • Telecoms Engineer
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