Stepping Stone was initially developed in Mali to support out-of-school youth involved in the USAID PAJE-Nieta project. Nièta means “progress” in Bambara, a Malian language.
The work to date with Stepping Stone in Mali has modeled the development of a mobile learning ecosystem with various partners at the local level.
Stakeholders in Mali who have contributed to the development of the integrated curriculum (delivered face-to-face but then later by mobile with Stepping Stone), have included: the Malian Ministries of Education, Employment and Technical Training, Youth/Sports as well as local and international NGOs and Malian curriculum writers.
In regards to users, 3,000 rural, out-of-school Malian youth (14-25) have benefited from Stepping Stone educational lessons in reading, writing, math, functional French and Entrepreneurship to date.
By 2014, over 10,000 Malian youth will have accessed mobile learning content with Stepping Stone. Stepping Stone content produced to date in Mali will be made available online at a dedicated website.
EDC believes that primary grade learners and teachers could also benefit from content produced with and delivered by Stepping Stone.
In addition to the 10,000 anticipated users in Mali, Stepping Stone will also be utilized in USAID’s Time to Learn project in Zambia with 2,250 teachers in 2014. Time to Learn is working with the Zambian Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training to improve the quality of education through teacher training. The content of teacher training sessions are being adapted to utilize the tablet version of Stepping Stone.