GSMA Innovation Fund Start-Ups: Knowledge Platform

Tuesday 22 Nov 2022 | Connected Society | Education | English | Innovation fund and grants | Innovation Fund Video List | Mobile access and use | Pakistan | South Asia | Video |

In Pakistan, quality education is only affordable for the middle and upper classes and, as a result, millions of students are out of school. The COVID-19 pandemic has further disrupted education and has created more short-medium term problems. While online learning resources are available, most people in Pakistan cannot afford to buy a smartphone, tablet or the necessary internet to be able to continue an online education.

Knowledge Platform has developed and is continuously improving a highly innovative solution to address Pakistan’s educational crisis. They are currently working with more than 1,000 schools across 120 cities and towns of Pakistan. 400,000+ students and more than 10,000+ teachers are using the educational technology products and solutions developed by Knowledge Platform. Knowledge Platform’s blended learning solution Learn Smart Classroom is being used by more than 1,000 schools (including 79 public schools) and 285,000 students. Knowledge Platform’s Learn Smart Pakistan is a gamified cloud learning platform for students and being used by 125,000 students.

Knowledge Platform is rolling out mobile educational devices through micro-financing, with the ultimate goal to introduce one education device per family. They are providing access to quality education through a bundled learning app aimed at 5 to 15-year-old children in Pakistan. They are targeting the Affordability barrier by offering a smartphone/tablet financing scheme to underserved communities, enabling users to pay in instalments. They have also established a partnership with Jazz who are providing mobile internet to Knowledge Platform users at a subsidised rate.

Knowledge Platform is one of the start-ups supported by the GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion, which was launched in April 2020. It is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), and supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fȕr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the GSMA and its members.

Learn more about the GSMA Innovation Fund here.

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