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4.3.3 Accelerated maths learning in Malawi and the UK

The following video focuses on an initiative from the charity One Billion, which uses an app provided on tablet devices to support the poor maths abilities of primary school children in Malawi, where pupils’ access to resources like teachers, computers or tablet devices is necessarily very limited.

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The findings are quite remarkable, showing an accelerated improvement in maths performance despite the constraints. Dr Nikki Pitchford from the University of Nottingham has taken this intiative one step further, and provided the same app and access to a cohort of children in the UK.

As the video suggests, the use of apps can have a significant effect on children’s learning, and this study is a clear example of how new digital devices and educational applications can help transform the lives of many children both in the UK and abroad by improving their educational experiences and success.