Nigeria, being a hub of around two million educators, appears professionally capable of serving its ever-growing learning population of over fifty million. However, the country is working to bridge the gap between educators and students.
Facebook’s internal research and development team is looking to come up with a solution to the problem with the introduction of an educational mobile app called Sabee.
Sabee, a pronunciation of the Nigerian pidgin word, ‘Sabi’ which means’to know‘, aims to connect learners and educators in online communities to make educational opportunities more accessible in Nigeria.
Sabee is currently in early alpha testing with less than 100 testers who are on Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) with Facebook. Although it went public for a short time on the Google Play Store, it failed to make any rankings.
Beyond this small group of testers, Sabee isn’t available to anyone else at the moment, but Facebook is hoping to take him to the next level before the year is out. It aims to target Nigerian learners at the time of launch.
What he does
The Sabee app aims to meet the need for contactless service due to the coronavirus pandemic. It comes amid a global boom in the educational technology space, which is one of the few industries to have seen a significant increase in revenues due to its inexhaustible value proposition for the evolving digital educational sphere. .
“With this little early test, we hope to understand how we can help educators create communities that make education accessible to all. We can’t wait to learn from our first testers and decide what to do from there.
Emeka Okafor, Product Manager at Facebook
Facebook aims to create a fully functional and accessible application with internet connectivity as low as 2G. This extends the service to groups that are often left behind by technology.
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Nigeria held the largest share of the 210 education-focused tech startups in Africa in the first quarter of 2020. These startups are helping to solve the country’s age-old problems in the education sector, such as bad experience and poor results. learning, as well as a large number of out-of-school children.
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