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African Union Awards Three Education Innovations at RewirEd Summit

ADDIS ABABA – African Innovators in the education sector took center stage at the 2021 RewirEd summit, which took place at the Expo 2020 Dubai.

The summit, led by Dubai Cares, and delivered in partnership with global stakeholders, presented an opportunity for the global education community to gather as a collective to scale and jumpstart some of the positive change the sector wants to see in education.

The African Union presented to the world, gathered at Expo 2020 Dubai, this year’s finalists in the Innovating Education in Africa (IEA) challenge – a flagship program of the AU that aims at enhancing access, quality, relevance and inclusion in education.

A full circle moment where Five (5) innovators who made it to the finale, having outshined 50 of their peers in the preliminary rounds, and had the privilege of pitching their ideas to a global audience.

Out of the five finalists, three innovators were awarded grants that will be used to undertake pilot projects in collaboration with AU Member States, to create reference points for scaling innovation in education and training.

The Three Winners

Ghana’s Rudolf Ampopo, CEO of Craft Education, a teletherapy platform that allows African parents and teachers to help children with learning difficulties, such as autism.

The platform helps the children to develop proper communication, social interaction and academic skills so they can thrive in school and life, and received a $100 000 reward and injection.

the second winner, DR Congo’ Elijah Lubala, Co-founder of SOLAR-FI, collected a $70 000 reward towards their “School-in-a-Light” project.

The project offers simple & inexpensive solar mobile Wi-Fi hotspot access points for schools and provide free lighting, prepaid internet access & educational prepaid virtual products and services to students.

Finally, Samson W Muwanguzi of Yiya Air Science, received $40 000 towards their innovation which provides remote learning via widely accessible technology.

The tech enables rural Ugandan students to learn Mathematics and Science, remotely, using widely accessible keypad phones and radios.

Speaking of the innovators’ achievements, Charles Chiumya, the AU’s Expo 2020 Deputy Commissioner General, said “it is great to witness Africans showcasing to the world our vast capabilities, presenting a narrative of an empowered youth dedicated to exploring tangible solutions for their communities, well ahead of the global curve. Congratulations to all the winners, and to those who participated throughout the challenge.”