In an ongoing French competition for new educational African projects, a project to encourage children to learn using animated learning materials has been shortlisted among the top 10 finalists.
Rwandan Confident Niyizibyose, co-founder and Managing Director of ‘Augmented Future Ltd,’ created an application that allows students to scan a book and learn by watching its content as cartoons.
The initiative is aimed at students in grades one through six, and it currently offers English and Math learning materials.
‘Augmented Future’ is vying against nine other finalists for a grant of US$ 17 021 in the international competition organised by France Médias Monde (FMM).
FMM is a French organisation that oversees and manages the activities of major public media companies that broadcast or publish internationally. France 24, Radio France Internationale (RFI), and Monte Carlo Doualiya (MCD) are among them.
The ‘Challenge App Afrique’ competition began in October 2021 and will conclude in March 2022, with the ten finalists receiving personalised and rigorous support for four months in an incubator in their respective countries.
According to the competition’s statement, the aim is to stimulate innovation by promoting the development of know-how and expertise of developers of all levels in Africa by bringing out digital services in the context of children’s education, particularly for mobile.
Twenty-three years old, Niyizibyose believes that being shortlisted shows that others recognise their value and vision.
If he wins, the grant will allow him to expand his content to reach all primary school pupils across the country and beyond, he added.