Updated on October 5, 2020


Created on October 5, 2020


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M-Lugha is a multilingual education app for rural communities in Kenya that offers Early Childhood Development learning content in 19 local languages.

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Product Description

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.

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User Provision Model

Users can download the App from Play Store.

Distributions to Date Status

As of 2020, there were 12,000 children using the app.Interview with representative

Design Specifications

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.

Technical Support

There is no technical support provided, but the manufacturer provides annual updates for the app.Interview with representative.

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Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

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.

Vetted Performance Status

Currently under curation by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).Interview with representative


No known safety hazards are related to this product.

Complementary Technical Systems

For maximum impact, the App can be installed in a solar-powered tablet to be used in areas with limited access to grid power.

Academic Research and References

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.

Compliance with regulations

M-Lugha complies with the ECD curriculum by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

Other Information

  1. Videos on media coverage of M-Lugha can be found on YouTube
  2. M-Lugha news coverage

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