Support Education (SupEd PLC ) is a private company, working on introducing "Technology assisted Education System" in Ethiopia and other countries in Africa. We have extended experience in reaching schools and universities with offline digital resources, as a field associate of the WiderNet project based in UNC of USA since 2009 called eGranary. With development of new resources and projects, we established a local Ethiopian company in 2016.
Our company Support Education is working toward being a "one stop education solution" in delivering the digital educational resources and related technology, such as, tablets with local education content, school network installations and solar energy for all the system to be used in the schools and institutions irrespective of the presence of an electrical grid. This makes our projects and products useful everywhere in the country.
University of Alabama at Birmingham Sparkman Center and Support Education entered into agreement with Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Health, in 2016 to develop a "Curriculum based offline digital library system" for General Education and "Course based electronic library system" (CBELES) for health colleges in the country. CEBELS is to be installed in 28 health colleges in the country and we have already assisted with the installations in 13 colleges and are working with the MOH on the next 15 installations.
Curriculum based offline digital resources, grade 9 through 12 grade-specific tablets and school library systems were developed and piloted in two regions (Chacha General Secondary and Preparatory school in Amahara and in Oromia at Burayu General Secondary and Preparatory School). Follow up surveys have been made as well as visits by MOE and regional leadership for assessment of feasibility and acceptability in December 2017. The overall assessment was for this approach and resource be made available to all regions and discussions with all regional leadership took place in March of 2018. There are ongoing plans to follow through with this as well as extend to resource to grades 7/8.
Our coverage is expanding to higher elementary schools and adult literacy, numeracy and lifelong learning through collaborative work with international and local organizations.
Following the revised roadmap of the education system, we are also working on a technology assisted educational lab, in collaboration with Instigate Design of Armenia.
What we do.
Having organized by professionals from the field of ICT (Software and mobile application development, Computer Networking) Education and management. we are working on Offline digital library system based on the educational curriculum and non structured education. This development includes availing of educational resources for all school levels of students.
Digital Resources Platforms : - The offline digital resource loaaded on school server and individual tablets are used in :-
Formal education system:- Students and school community are given with digital educational resource which includes Textbooks, video tutorials, and reference materials in different formats to assist the education system and bridge the digital gap to have competent citizens. More...
Non formal Education: - Students which are not reached by formal education is the other challenge of our country Ethiopia, and Africa. To address these problems, we are working on digital resource to reach those groups of the community through, Numeracy, Literacy and lifelong learning materials. More..
Network Solution: - we are also working on wired and wireless network installation to make the digital resource to be available for the users with their digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, Laptops and PC. For more ...
Solar power:- unless there is a solution for the problem of electric power, users can not have access to their digital resource. to solve this problem we identified a solar power source, for individual tablets, and schools . This will assist the delivery of the resource to all area, where there is no electrical grid, such as pastoral regions, rural areas ...etc. more info...
Training :- in addition to training and support to the educational solution products, we are providing onsite and in office training on E-Learning, Capacity building of the educational institutions community and and ICT related courses. More ..
Whether you are involved in formal or non formal education system, here we are to support you to learn any time any where. We are offline digital educational resource experts, to give you access to resource with out the need for internet.
ICT is viewed as a “major tool for building knowledge societies” (UNESCO 2003 ) and, particularly, as a mechanism at the school education level that could provide a way to rethink and redesign the educational systems and processes, thus leading to quality education for all.
The Educational tablets introduced by support education is seen to be used in formal an done formal education, adult and lifelong learning, co-assisting learning between parent and their school children, by loading the content that is either specific or /and common to all.
After having visited the piloted sites and collected the feedback from beneficiaries, different organizations already are interested to adopt the same technology to other systems such as adult education, speed school, and lifelong learning.
As it is made to use solar power, contents are locally available on the tablets, it can be used any where any time, irrespective of geographic, and existence of infrastructure such as electricity, internet ...etc.
Wired and wireless network are very important for the digital resource to be accessed by all digital device users.
Hence the school digital solution we are providing has integrated all the required solution, such as Networking the school compound in wireless an wired connectivity, to assist the user to use all types of digital devices, such as smartphone, computers, laptops, ...etc.
We use the product from SIEMONS, GiGaNet or market available materials, based on the budget of the school or centers. The installed Network has a warranty from 2 years to 25 years based on the materials we are implementing.