Potou

Multimedia and a touchscreen display bring learning to life in schools without electricity.

The Grassroots Rise of a New Learning Technology

by |January 20th, 2015

Lessons Learned From the Field in Potou, Senegal By Jim Teicher, CEO & Director, CyberSmart Africa CyberSmart Africa, a digital learning social enterprise, has been working with The Earth Institute and teachers and students in Potou, Senegal since 2011 to actively test and refine a whole-classroom learning technology solution that has the potential to achieve massive… read more

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Return to Senegal: Success with Digital Learning and the Potential for Scale

by |May 1st, 2014

Author: Jim Teicher, CEO and Director of CyberSmart Africa The CyberSmart Africa team returned to Potou Elementary school in Senegal six weeks after a professional development workshop was held to reinforce whole-class digital learning using a specially adapted interactive whiteboard that can also operate in schools without electricity. We were at the school to observe… read more

The Potou Elementary School principal uses a specially adapted interactive whiteboard.

Highly Scalable Digital Learning for Potou Elementary School, Senegal

by |March 21st, 2014

Author: Jim Teicher, CEO & Director of CyberSmart Africa In partnership with the Millennium Villages Project in Potou, Senegal, CyberSmart Africa has developed an innovative, highly scalable digital learning solution for sub-Saharan Africa. The “21st Century School-in-a-Box” integrates a specially adapted interactive whiteboard (powered by a solar-charged battery), learning content, teacher training, and broadband access… read more

Young religious students, often without schoolbooks, use tablets, or aloua to write and memorize Koranic verses.

Koranic Schools Pose a Challenge to Millennium Development Goal Two and the Definition of a Basic Education in Potou, Senegal

by |November 4th, 2013

Written By: Diptesh Paresh Soni While there are 54 public primary schools in the village cluster of Potou in Senegal, there are also around 60 private Koranic schools, or daaras. The popularity of the daaras poses significant difficulties for attaining universal basic education in the area: daaras do not teach French, the official language of… read more