#SpotlightFridays: Siyavula

After an Africa-wide search, Siyavula has been selected as one of twelve edtech fellows in the first cohort of a 12-month acceleration programme by The Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT).

A cutting-edge educational technology company, Siyavula was founded in 2012 and was created to “champion a love for Maths and Science by creating rich, integrated learning experiences”.

Meaning ‘We are opening’ in Nguni languages, Siyavula also seeks to have a long-lasting, enriching impact on learners and teachers in South Africa and globally; to constantly seek out and build the most relevant, effective technology whilst remaining rooted in the science of learning and instruction; and to engage and motivate young minds, helping them to master and develop the skills our future needs.

We sat down with Siyavula’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Horner, to discuss how the company is making a high impact and closing the gap in the education industry.

According to the Mastercard Foundation, the edtech fellows will receive a package over the next year that includes customised mentorship, financial support, the opportunity to test, validate and scale their business, and a $40 000 grant to aid in the development of their solutions.

“The announcement of these first fellows at the Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning is a milestone moment in the work we are carrying out in Africa,” says Peter Materu, chief programme officer at the Mastercard Foundation.

“Bringing together these talented entrepreneurs and supporting them as they innovate to drive excellence in teaching and learning offers new opportunities with great potential to raise the bar in African education and benefit tens of millions of students.”