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McKinsey Lions go Digital Report recognizes Rekindle Learning

"Mobile learning aids will also help students learn in bitesized chunks while on the move, enabling them to use pockets of dead time. In addition, online teaching solutions create the possibility of scaling up the number of students that can have access to the best teachers, extending their reach beyond their immediate classroom via the Internet. Some striking innovations are already under way. Rekindle Learning, a South African startup, is based on the premise that mobile devices are particularly well-suited to reinforcing content presented in the classroom through additional drill questions that students can follow at their own pace."

- McKinsey Global Institute Lions go Digital: The internet's transformative potential in Africa. 

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Rapelang Rabana delivers inspiring TEDxCapeTown talk on mobile leanring

"If we truly wish to address our educational development challenges on this continent, including the need to skill at significant scale, we must ask how to begin articulating a mobile learning experience that better equips us to reach our own potential - a learning experience that effectively imparts core skills and knowledge, that improves organizational performance, that gets more kids through school."

- Rapelang Rabana

Gracing the Cover of Forbes Africa before the age of 30

'Rabana said: "Most of us will be familiar with the Chinese proverb about teaching a man to fish as opposed to giving him a fish. My proposition is: teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime. Expose a man to the internet and he will change his life." It led to a Bachelor of Business Science in computer science and finance.

Rabana was faced with the question that plagues most graduates: “What now?” She was tired of starting at the bottom of the food chain. Entrepreneurship was a way for her to make her own way.'

- Forbes Africa August 2013

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Profiled on CNN African Voices

During the World Economic Forum Meeting on Africa in Cape Town May 2013, CNN sat down with internet technology entrepreneur Rapelang Rabana. 

Rapelang talks about Yeigo, Rekindle Learning and shares her views on the role of technology in Africa's development.

Language Equity must Rise


The need for literacy in the form of basic reading and writing skills is well understood. But inadequate language skills at a tertiary level bring its own range of complexities. While most learners entering higher education speak English – i.e. they have Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS) – this is inadequate for the skills required at tertiary education level, because the ability to communicate in a language is not equivalent to the capacity to learn in that language. Learners need to develop Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) in English to succeed at an English institution.

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CNBC Gurus


The way we understand how value and success is created in the world today, is changing. It is not so much about having something that nobody else has. But increasingly, it’s about knowing what you have, knowing who you are and working with that, to your advantage. It’s about tapping into your internal wisdom.

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World Econmic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos - Closing Plenary

At the  World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Rapelang Rabana was honoured to share a panel with the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Prof Klaus Schwab and Founder of the Grameen Bank, Prof Mohammed Yunus.

Some of the thoughts she shared:
"The solutions we need to come up with to solve access to key services, must be scalable to billions of people.... It is crucial to economic development. In the 1400's we saw how the printing press increased the dissemination of information and consequently contributed to one of most exponential increases in global trade. The internet can take that to another unprecedented level.


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