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As the Ethiopian educational landscape undergoes a digital transformation, the upcoming episode of EdTech Mondays promises to delve into the heart of the matter, exploring the potential of technology in bridging educational gaps and driving equitable access to quality learning.

Hosted by the Mastercard Foundation in collaboration with Shega Media & Technology, this edition will spotlight the emerging EdTech ecosystem in Ethiopia and the strides being made to harness its power for the benefit of the country’s learners.

The Ethiopian EdTech ecosystem is on the cusp of transformative growth, propelled by an expanding digital infrastructure and a youth population eager to embrace technology for learning.

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Amid the backdrop of challenges like limited access to quality education in remote regions, EdTech startups and initiatives have emerged as potential change-makers. These endeavors harness the power of technology to provide innovative learning solutions, spanning online courses, interactive platforms, digital content, and training programs.

The sector’s growth is further supported by governmental initiatives and collaborations with international organizations, fostering partnerships between educational institutions, tech innovators, and policymakers.

The upcoming episode, which will unveil these developments in detail, is scheduled to air on August 28th, 2023, at 8.10 p.m. EAT on Fana FM 98.1 and affiliated FM radio stations across Ethiopia.

Biruk Mamo, Co-Founder at KurazTech; Michael Tomas, Associate Consultant at Shega; Michael G/Giorgies, Co-Founder at Abol Edtech; and Helinna Ayalew, Head of Innovation Partnerships at Liquid Intelligent Technologies, will feature on the show, sharing their insights.

Their discussions will center around vital questions such as the challenges faced by Ethiopian EdTech entrepreneurs in securing funding and investments, innovative approaches startups are employing to align with local educational needs, the role of regulatory frameworks in ensuring both innovation and quality, and successful examples of collaborations between universities and EdTech startups.

Rediet Meshesha, a journalist, producer, and host, will guide the discussions as the moderator.

EdTech Mondays, the brainchild of the Mastercard Foundation, serves as a vital platform for fostering discussions about the role of technology in education. Bringing together policymakers, EdTech entrepreneurs, teachers, and parents, the platform facilitates critical conversations on innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

With comprehensive reach, the discussions air monthly on CNBC Africa and the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works Facebook page, ensuring that the conversation resonates with audiences across the continent.

In alignment with the monthly Africa theme, Mastercard Foundation offices in Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, and Ethiopia, in partnership with local organizations, disseminate the discussions with the local context, experts, nuances, and case studies.

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