Companies Using AI To Enable Personalised Learning In Africa


Jan. 26, 2023, 2:14 a.m.

From real estate to healthcare, travel and finance, artificial intelligence is continually influencing overall productivity and the way operations are carried out globally.

Within the past decade, the implementation of artificial intelligence in solving routine and complex tasks has become invaluable, especially within the education sector. One of the major applications of AI in education is the generation of hyper-personalised learning and on-demand content for individual learners.

Companies like Singapore-based Noodle Factory, winner of the Best Edtech Startup of 2022 at the Global Startup Awards, offer an automated AI tutor that supports the teacher and provides students with an adaptive, personalised and engaging learning experience.

In Africa, learning has also been disrupted by the magic of artificial intelligence. This is, arguably, going to make education more accessible, feasible, and streamlined than before through personalized teaching, special content tailoring, and instant, round-the-clock support to students. With advancements in technology and education, conversational AIs have been proven to be better at delivering results than humans.

This week, we shine a light on African startups enabling more personalised learning using artificial intelligence.


Gradely is a Nigerian-based edtech startup harnessing the power of data and artificial intelligence to help schools and parents intervene in real-time on children’s learning gaps.

Gradely, makes use of artificial intelligence to customize learning content and practice exercises for students and recommends learning materials from the data obtained from regular assessments. The platform analyzes the performance of students in their weekly assignments and provides information regarding their learning progress and the challenges that have been identified. This enables parents and teachers to intervene early enough to ensure that the academic performance of a student does not continue to decline. The platform also incorporates some elements of gamification to further increase student engagement.


M-Shule is an AI-powered SMS-based edtech startup, in Nairobi, Kenya. The startup is leveraging the use of artificial intelligence to analyze the individual performance of students, their academic strengths and weaknesses, and then deliver personalized learning content that meets the individual needs of students and aid improvements in the competence and academic strength of each learner.

M-Shule also provides analytics and insights on the progress and performance of students to the schools, teachers and parents of the students. This enables close monitoring and evaluation of the performance of students and the provision of learning assistance. The adaptive learning platform is easily accessible by students in Africa as it works offline and only requires the use of SMS shortcodes.

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Mtabe is another African startup that uses artificial intelligence and SMS technology to deliver learning content to students. Mtabe have made it so simple that an average African student does not need to master a new technology or get a new device to access learning content.

Based in Tanzania, Mtabe delivers an AI-powered platform that provides students with personalized quick lessons and replies from a virtual tutor via SMS. The platform also makes customised educational resources available to kids who do not have access to the internet or textbooks.


Botter is an Ethiopian SaaS (Software-as-a-service) platform that lets users connect an AI-powered chatbot to their Facebook page, which teaches courses they create on the Botter web app. This allows users to develop and sell online courses on popular messaging apps like Facebook messenger.

Started as an AI-powered platform that facilitates the teaching and learning of languages called Langbot, Botter currently supports teaching in different domains where concepts can be explained using text, images, gifs, or videos and learners can be quizzed using multiple choice or short answers.

In addition to teaching courses to students chatting with a user’s Facebook page, Botter’s AI tutor uses proven educational techniques to increase engagement such as gamification, repetition and role play.


Slatecube is a Nigerian technology company that develops AI-powered SaaS (Software-as-a-service) platforms for learning and workforce development. Governments, social impact organizations, and businesses leverage its cutting-edge digital platforms to build or run learning and workforce development activities.

Slatecube through one of its solutions Learna provides tools and resources to help instructors and organizations to create robust online learning programs. From structured certificate programs to simple "how-to" courses, Learna enables users to offer classes to millions of participants online. Slatecube is registered in Nigeria and South Africa


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