The problem

Young people are not gaining knowledge and skills they require to thrive in the 21st century. Almost half of the young people who start secondary school leave before they complete grade 10 and for those that stay in school, learning outcomes are generally low, especially in mathematics and science.

The innovation

ITU’s eLearn programme is developing digital content (videos, simulations and animations) to support teaching and learning of science and mathematics in grade 8, and to make learning math and science more engaging. Teachers are given a relatively low cost tablet and the classroom is fitted with an LCD screen. Using a custom-built App, the teacher locates the content that she wants to use alongside her regular teaching, and students view and interact with content on the LCD screens. The e-Learn programme also includes assessment questions for teachers to use with students to find out what they’ve learned and to help decide what they need to do next. Outside of school, the same students receive SMS messages with questions about the content they have just learned. Over the next year, ITU plans to add content for grades 6 and 7.

Ilm 2’s investment

A grant of £381,856 is funding the development and testing of content with 1800 students in grade 8 in government high schools and higher secondary schools in districts Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan. Testing students understanding of mathematics and science, together with feedback from students, teachers and education officials, will help determine whether e-Learn can become a cost effective tool to improve learning at scale in secondary grades.

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Why Ilm 2 invested

  • A strong organisation with leadership committed to developing the solution and taking it to scale.
  • Clear line of sight between the problem and the solution.
  • Potential to achieve scale and sustainability at relatively low cost through adoption by the provincial education departments.

For more information contact: Amna Raja, Project Manager, Email: