Coronavirus has worsened the global education crisis, with 1.3 billion children – including 650 million girls – out of education at the peak of school closures. Experts warn that many children will never return...
11 January 2021
Projects Director and Board representative attend two-day forum on boosting Nigeria’s digital future. Senator Abubakar Sadiq Yaradua and Mr Umar Iro, UBEC Board representative and Projects Director respectively, visited the headquarters of sQuidcard Ltd for cutting-edge conversations focussed on how digital technology will be able to transform Nigerian Basic Education.
20 October 2020
As constituency MP for Esher and Walton, Dominic Raab visited sQuid, a technology company that is revolutionising education halfway round the world. sQuid – the British company based in Thames Ditton that created smartcard and digital wallet technologies used in school payment systems across the United Kingdom, and provides safe cashless payments on buses for those without bankcards – showed off to Mr Raab its projects in Kenya, Somalia and now Nigeria...
19 October 2020
All around the world, children's minds are going to waste. As covid-19 surged in early April, more than 90% of pupils were shut out of school. Since then the number has fallen by one-third, as many classrooms in Europe and East Asia have reopened. But elsewhere progress is slow.
22 July 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that swept the world, quickly resulting in school closures in Kenya, we adapted the iMlango learning platform to ensure the continuation of education whilst students are at home.
20 May 2020
This International Women’s day we’re celebrating the achievements of women and girls in Kenya, where we work to improve equality and empower them to become the best that they can be.
8 March 2020
In October, the Daily Nation newspaper in Kenya ran an article in which the senior education specialist from the World Bank was quoted as saying that children going through the Kenyan education system are losing an estimated three years of education.
31 October 2019
> sQuid launches new Microfinance initiative at the mEducation Alliance Symposium in Washington, D.C.
sQuid, the digital transactions and payments service provider, launched its new Kenya Microfinance programme at the mEducation Alliance Symposium in Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to further drive community economic development and overcome education barriers...
11 October 2019
The mEducation Alliance Symposium in Washington, D.C. always provides opportunity to learn from others and to examine how our own iMlango programme is working in the wider context of digital innovation in learning.
10 October 2019
> sQuid invited to speak at UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s roundtable meeting on girls’ education
We were delighted to be asked to contribute to the recent Wilton Park discussion led by the Foreign and Commonwealth office centring on issues of girls’ education, where we were able to share some of our insights, especially on literacy, from our experiences in Kenya.
6 July 2018
> Future-Proofing Technology for Education in International Development: Mobiles for Education Alliance releases report on its 7th annual Symposium
The seventh annual Mobiles for Education (mEducation) Alliance Symposium, held October 5-6, 2017, brought together practitioners, thought leaders, policy makers, and funders to advance the use of and evidence for information and communications technology in global education (ICT4E).
23 May 2018
The Leveraging Technology to Scale Early Grade Reading in Africa event aimed to enhance understanding of technology tools and resources to advance early grade reading efforts. Held in Pretoria, South Africa, the event was hosted by All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, Global Book Alliance, mEducation Alliance, and sponsored by World Vision and USAID in collaboration with Pearson Institute of Higher Education.
11 May 2018
We are pleased to announce that iMlango has launched a new Microloans initiative which provides access to funds for families in selected iMlango communities. The unique initiative provides recipients with funds to help them grow their business, and aims to focus the recipient family on the importance of saving for their children’s education.
27 April 2018
In recent years, the use of cash transfer programming (CTP) in humanitarian assistance has grown significantly. In 2016, we estimate that $2.8bn in humanitarian assistance was disbursed through cash and vouchers, up 40% from 2015 and approximately 100% from 2014. As this report describes, the move to CTP has strong roots and is set to continue.
01 February 2018
We are delighted to share with you that iMlango was announced as the winner of the "Best e-learning platform" award at the Digital Inclusion Awards in Nairobi last week.
18 December 2017
We were honoured to participate at the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings in Washington D.C. yesterday, where we had the opportunity to present our digital account technology at the Bridging the Inclusion and Technology Divide Fair.
13 October 2017
sQuid recently attended The Cash Learning Partnership’s (CaLP) Global Cash Forum which brought together the world's leading stakeholders working on cash transfer programming in humanitarian response, including governments, the UN, NGOs and the private sector.
29 June 2017
Save the Children, the international humanitarian agency, has partnered with sQuid, the digital transaction solutions provider, to deliver much-needed aid to families displaced by drought and conflict in north-east Somalia.
9 June 2017
As the UN doubles the funding target needed to deliver its Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia this year, new figures show that nearly 700,000 people have been displaced by hunger in the country, which is facing the most catastrophic drought since 1950.
11 May 2017
As part of his three day tour of east Africa, the UK's Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, attended a Technology and Innovation event, held at the High Commissioner's residence in Nairobi.
17 March 2017
There was well publicised criticism in the media last week targeting cash transfers and their effectiveness to deliver well needed aid to the world’s poorest.
9 January 2017
> sQuid attends Digitech event on Technology and Innovation as part of Secretary of State for International Development’s trip to Kenya
We were honoured to be invited to the Digitech event on Technology and Innovation on Sunday 23 October at the British High Commissioner’s Residence, Kenya, which was attended by the Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Secretary of State for International Development.
23 October 2016
The UK's Department for International Development has announced £100m of funding to help 175,000 of the world's poorest girls get an education. The push will include smartcards that monitor attendance and offer incentives for families to send their daughters to school.
07 July 2016
After two days in Istanbul listening to government undertakings and speaking with many humanitarian actors, alongside some 5,000 other participants - I have been reflecting on the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS).
26 May 2016
Today, sQuid CEO, Adam Smith, attended the opening seminar at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. The Stepping Up in Crises: Finance Delivery and Innovation in Education event was held in a private forum by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and organised by the Global Business Coalition for Education.
23 May 2016
The call is out, loud and clear, for the Humanitarian Sector to embrace Cash, as the way ahead for effective programming. You are probably reading this because you already know about this call.
23 May 2016
sQuid’s partner, Camara Education, who made the application on behalf of the consortium were excited and honoured as the iMlango programme was announced as the winner of the Dóchas “Innovative Programme of the Year” Award in Dublin, on Friday 6 May.
11 May 2016
sQuid, the digital transaction solutions provider, is delighted to announce its iMlango education service in Kenya has partnered with Q-Files, the world’s first online children’s encyclopaedia, as part of its programme to evolve the education experience for primary school children.
30 October 2015
Bringing ICT into rural Kenyan classrooms has been challenging. Shipping and installing equipment has been time consuming. Reaching remote schools during the rains has been difficult. Project staff even had to work out how to stop ants moving into a server at one point. But the Girls’ Education Challenge iMlango project has successfully managed to put in place the three Cs of Connectivity, Content and Capacity.
06 August 2015
Aid in Africa is big business, but one that is often mired in scepticism. Global companies pour money in through corporate responsibility programmes, alongside government aid, which can be accused of supporting private sector ambitions...
11 February 2015
> Gobal Humanitarian Agency concludes that sQuid is the fastest and most reliable cash transfer method in an emergency setting
Mercy Corps, a leading global humanitarian agency, has released key findings of a new and unique study which concludes that e-vouchers were the fastest and most reliable method to deliver cash assistance in an emergency setting studied in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
10 December 2014
The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has announced a ground-breaking strategic partnership with the private sector to deliver e-learning programmes in Kenya to thousands of marginalised girls.
18 July 2014
Mercy Corps, the leading global humanitarian agency, is using contactless smartcard and payments technology to launch a new aid programme in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
15 May 2014
The Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) is set to begin disbursing funds to students using pre-paid electronic cards that will allow for tracking of borrowers’ future bank transactions.
6 May 2014