EdTech has also evolved in Africa to a lesser degree. Starting in  the 1960s, some countries were able to use television and radio to supplement traditional teaching. By the 1990s, some schools started to be able to use computers and educational software to help students learn. In countries such as Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda, internet access began to assist educators. The rapid advances in online technology across much of the continent in the last decade through increased infrastructure investment, bandwidth capacity and advances of mobile technology have allowed to provide EdTech capabilities to more Africans. 

In the last decade, worldwide expenditures on education have exceeded $5 Trillion annually and are continuing to grow. A growing percentage of mobile apps and software programs are dedicated to educational uses, and the overall EdTech market in 2020 is expected to be worth in excess of $250 Billion. 

EdTech startup firms in Africa face some challenges that are different than those in other parts of the world. Globally, successful EdTech startups require sufficient infrastructure, available human resource assets, support from local populations and governments, and investment capital. African EdTech startups are no different, and companies like Gebeya, Inc., located in Ethiopia and serving all of the African continent strive to use EdTech to promote IT training and career services to students and workers throughout Africa.  

Content retrieved from: https://startupfortune.com/how-edtech-is-playing-a-pivotal-role-in-the-growing-africas-it-industry/.


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