SpellAfrica Initiative is a youth-led mobile for development social enterprise. It provides a mobile learning tool to help users improve their English across Africa. The SpellAfrica Initiative is born out of passion and dedication by the founder to improve his poor English vocabulary.
Today the idea has transformed into an award winning international nonprofit organization.
As a technology driven organization, they are working to improve education standard in the continent of Africa to meet the UN development goal #2,” to ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, and achieve literacy and numeric skills”.
In January 2013, they introduced a simple technology solution known as the mVocabulary. mVocabulary is utilized to teach English vocabulary to young adults and youths across Africa. Since launched, over 55,000 users have benefited from the program.
According to the Founder, Elvis Austins, they are working by taking the initiative to the next level by developing a Chabot using a high tech Artificial intelligence Solution (AIS) developed by IBM Watson. They envision this AIS as a Personal Digital English Teacher.
The name of the bot is Sabi.
Sabi is a Chatbot for education and will serve as a personal teacher. In the first phase, she will be able to teach key concepts of the English language including reading, comprehension, pronunciation and punctuation. She will have the ability to assign homework and tests to the user based on their learning capability and progress.
According to the organization, since inception in 2013, they have recorded the following metrics on the mVocabulary programme:
Over 1,850,000 English vocabulary message was distributed via the mVocabulary
Over 200,000 minutes spent teaching English via phone calls
2000 users are takes the monthly exams
222 people who have found jobs through our local job network
SpellAfrica is a registered nonprofit organization, though it charges a service fee of N100 Naira (25 cents) per user per month.
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