in a language that the child understands
with fees as low as N2000 ($6)/child/month
How it Works
Talking Books™: A Great Way To Learn
Test session with the children using the Hausa-to-English Talking Books at our MEP Centre in Mpape, Abuja Nigeria
We're excited to announce that our Hausa-to-English Talking Book 1 is a finalist of the 15th British Council ELTons Awards for Innovation in English Language Teaching 2017 in the Local Innovation category.
This product has been selected as a finalist by a panel of experts from among 115 international products, publications and services as meeting the stringent criteria for innovation in English language teaching.
What We Do
Overcoming the Language Barrier in Learning
We overcome the language barrier in learning that has hindered millions of children in poor communities from gaining the much-needed literacy and numeracy skills in early years. For example, a child in northern Nigeria who knows only Hausa can use our Talking Books to learn English and Math (using Hausa as the language of instruction). This is in line with the National Policy on Education that states that children should be taught in their local language or the language of their immediate environment for the first 3 years. We now make this possible in a very affordable yet highly effective manner.
MEP Centre owners/sponsors can get up to 44% return of their original investment in the 1st year and about 98% return on their original investment from the 2nd year. We run the centres on behalf of the owners or sponsors and provide a real time remote monitoring platform to view the centre and weekly reports to monitor progress of the pupils. We remit the returns to the owners/sponsors every quarter.
Providing good paying jobs for teachers in rural areas
We aim to help create over 3,000 jobs for young graduates with degrees in education and to pay them good salaries which in most cases will be 3 – 5 times what they would get in rural public or private schools. We strongly believe teachers deserve to be paid living wages and have a good career path. We make this possible for those enrolled as facilitators in our MEP Centres.
Utilizing Existing Infrastructure
We make use of existing buildings in communities and re-purpose them to be conducive for learning. This also helps provide extra income for property owners in the communities and artisans who make the furniture for the centres.
All Year-round Learning (11 months)
From research, this helps children retain knowledge better than going on very long breaks and forgetting what they learned the last term. Our centres are not restricted to the conventional school year starting in September. Each new centre can start at any month.
Existing MEP Centres
Mpape, Abuja (MEPC/ABJ/MPA/0001)
Pilot centre launched in February 2016 to get empirical data. Literacy test scores of the children rose from 30% at the beginning of the program to about 93% in just 8 weeks.
Bwari, Abuja (MEPC/ABJ/BWR/0002)
Launched February 2017 by MicroNet C. Solutions Ltd with support from the Embassy of the United States of America Abuja, Nigeria.
Status: Enrollment is on-going at Kogo and Zango communities in Bwari, FCT. Currently tuition FREE courtesy of the US Embassy. Parents in this community can enroll their children (ages 4 – 18) today.