M-Lugha is a multilingual education app for rural communities in Kenya that offers Early Childhood Development learning content in 19 local languages.
M-Lugha is a multilingual education app for rural communities in Kenya that offers Early Childhood Learning (ECD) learning content in 19 local languages. The app uses mother tongue languages to aid rural kids to learn in their first language, solving the literacy challenge experienced in Northern Kenya where there is a shortage of schools and teachers and most teachers do not speak the local languages. It can also be installed in solar-powered tablets thus allowing for use in remote places without electricity or internet connection. It utilizes visual representation of day to day words to help learners know the words in different languages. Currently, the app supports 19 Kenyan languages and can be used to supplement the work of the teacher.
5 USD for the app. With a customized tablet, it goes for 140 USD.Interview with representative
Goal 4: Quality education
Early Childhood Development level children.
Users can download the App from Play Store.
As of 2020, there were 12,000 children using the app.Interview with representative
Mobile Internet, SMS, voice, Fixed Internet, Wi-Fi, etc
2G, 3G, 4G, LTE, broadband, dial-up, other [specify]
Smartphone, feature phone, computer, tablet, other [specify]
bluetooth, Wifi, camera, IVR, GPS, Accelerometers/Motion sensors, physiologic biosensors, biometric identifiers, SIM, Memory card (e.g microSD), other [specify]
Connectivity requirement for the product/service to work. Some apps/services can work offline.
he product/service able to receive and send back information to the user?
Support according to the literacy level required from the user. If no, the user is intended to be literate.
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Uninterrupted power supply (UPS), ocassional power supply [minimum time required], other
education equipment, educational behavior change, human resource management, decision support, data collection & analytics, electronic education records, education provider, stock management, special education surveillance and reporting
M-Lugha is a multilingual education app for rural communities in Kenya that uses mother tongue languages to aid rural kids to learn. Using animations, sounds, games, and other multimedia tools, the app allows ECD level children to learn using language that they are familiar with and use it as a bridge to learning a second language.
The platform supports 19 languages and kids using the app are presented with images or phrases in one language, where they can tap on a button to have it translated into a second language. The content of the App has been designed using the approved curriculum by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.
For each local language, learners need to use the app for the specific language and this will contain the primary local languages as well as English and Swahili which are the two instructional languages used in Kenya.
For effective utilization, the app can be installed in a solar-powered tablet to aid learning in places where there is no ready access to electricity.
There is no technical support provided, but the manufacturer provides annual updates for the app.Interview with representative.
The designers aim to solve the problem of:
- Lack of enough teachers in rural parts of Kenya.
- Language incompetence because language of instruction is not in the first language.
- Barrier between teachers and learners who do not speak the same language.
- Improve digital literacy for rural kids.
- Lack of enough schools in rural areas.
- Supplement what is taught in class.
Currently under curation by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).Interview with representative
Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
No known safety hazards are related to this product.
For maximum impact, the App can be installed in a solar-powered tablet to be used in areas with limited access to grid power.
Yerrow, A., Otieno, C., 2017, M-Lugha Mobile Based Application to Learn English And Swahili With the Help of Mother Tongue for Pre-Primary Children, The International Journal Of Engineering And Science (IJES), Vo, 4, Issue 10, pp. 1-10.
M-Lugha complies with the ECD curriculum by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.
The product is evaluated for literacy skills development.
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