Challenge

Helping primary school children improve

In Sub-Saharan Africa, a meager 2% of the education budget goes to pre- primary education, yet the World Bank emphasises that ‘investing in early childhood education is one of the smartest things a country can do to eliminate extreme poverty, boost shared prosperity, and create the human capital needed for economies to diversify and grow.’ In Nigeria, a major number of children lack access to quality education, with those numbers significantly more in the northern part of the country

Achievement

Finding a way to help primary school children solve learning challenges

In a quest to support the educational system in Nigeria as well as the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of “ensuring inclusive and equitable learning for all”, DODO designed Uplearn, a measurable and actionable system that helps with public primary school children fully develop in the critical areas of literacy, mathematics, as well as social skills.

‘...investing in early childhood education is one of the smartest things a country can do to eliminate extreme poverty, boost shared prosperity, and create the human capital needed for economies to diversify and grow.
What We Found Out

Based on 30+ interviews, 9 sets of user tests.

In a quest to answer to a need in the educational system in Nigeria and support the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of “ensuring inclusive and equitable learning for all," DODO designed Uplearn, a measurable and actionable system that helps with public primary school children fully develop in the critical areas of literacy, mathematics, as well as social skills.

UPLEARN team testing with a teacher

A Testing session with a teacher

UPLEARN team testing with a pupil

Testing the card with the pupils

DODO developed a system that leveraged on the 3 main stakeholders of a child’s foundational learning, the teachers, parents and children.

DODO, through Uplearn is aiming to tackle this issue. Fuelled by improving Nigeria’s educational system and the 4th Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) objective focused on making education better, inclusive, and equitable for all.

Starting with in-depth immersion, the team spent weeks doing on ground contextual research in schools, with parents, children, and teachers.

With an understanding of the culture of learning, especially around public schools in Nigeria, the team at DODO developed a system that leveraged on the 3 main stakeholders of a child’s foundational learning, the teachers, parents and children. The system brings together these 3 important forces that are important to children’s development and learning to help the child succeed.

UPLEARN card

The Uplearn grading card and a resource card

UPLEARN card

Engaging Pupils with the uplearn card

UPLEARN card

Pupil filling the uplearn card

Teacher interacting with uplearn

Teacher interacting with Uplearn online to get resources

UX/UI Design & Web Development

We designed & developed a website to enable easy access to resources

The Uplearn system helps parents, teachers and children measure and see clearly a child’s weaknesses, and strengths and then gives them the resources they need to improve. The system is transparent, so all stakeholders are able to clearly see and celebrate improvements as the child improves.

Uplearn focuses on children’s complete growth and development, looking at general skills, social skills in addition to the more common literacy and mathematical skills.

What these does is to ensure the young child is fully developed and positioned for a better and brighter future right from a young age.

This system, though tested in South-western Nigeria, is built to scale around Nigeria and hopefully parts of the world that where primary public school education needs a boost.

Teacher interacting with uplearn