Noah Samara, Chairman & CEO “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you”—Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of the most aggravating challenges of today is the inability to harness human potential that lie dormant, simply because we haven’t been able to educate and empower their minds. With over 115 Million school age children out of school and far larger numbers dropping out by 4th grade, the United Nation’s concept of ‘Education to all’ is still far beyond the reach, especially in areas like Africa. Fighting this lack of education with the power of technology is Yazmi, a company that offers disruptive learning solutions that deliver high quality education to educators and learners alike. “Yazmi is a visionary solution that harnesses the power of space to beam high quality education and knowledge to those that need it the most,” says Noah Samara, Chairman and CEO, Yazmi.
The company is uniquely positioned among the hoard of educational tech providers, by leveraging satellite technology to directly broadcast educational contents, videos, digital textbooks, lecture tapes, and preparatory materials to students. The solution is able to take the knowledge of an entire institution and deliver it in a systematic way to an individual, an institution or a community that are thousands of miles apart. “Our ability to deliver information directly from the satellite eliminates the need for Internet,” posits Samara. Also, unlike the internet, Yazmi’s satellite system requires much lesser bandwidth to deliver massive amounts of information and by its nature, is least prone to congestion. This approach facilitates a wealth of knowledge in the palms of every teacher and student, overcoming geographical restrictions.
To complement its powerful solution, Yazmi also offers Odyssey 700, a customized tablet, embedded with latest educational tools and applications.
Yazmi’s unique features make the solution immediately relevant to address UN’s sustainable development goal to ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’
The portable smart device with satellite receivers are engineered to run on solar power without any dependency on electric grid, and is highly cost effective—a committed approach toward delivering education across a wide divide in the developing nations. “Our operation model is inexhaustible and relevant for everyone living under generations of poverty, remoteness and harsh geographies,” remarks the CEO. The approach maximize learning time as students can access the devices from wherever they are—home, school or anywhere else they go.
“Yazmi’s unique features make the solution immediately relevant to address UN’s sustainable development goal to ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’,” states Samara. To draw a vivid picture of Yazmi’s role in transforming the education landscape in third world countries, Samara recalls the success story of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). The government entity’s core function is to improve learning through conducting research and develop curriculum for all levels of education. As an evolutionary initiative, KICD established a controlled environment implementing Yazmi systems, which, for the most sections of academics, showed over 2.5 times improvement in learning outcomes.
With a deep rooted commitment towards educating the world, especially in the emerging nations, Yazmi plans to deliver high quality education with the aid of latest tablets and innovative apps. “In the next five years, our goal is to reach the farthest corners of Africa, Asia and areas in the Middle East that have difficulty in receiving quality education,” states Samara. The company plans to make their global platform more interesting and productive by including improved classroom applications, tools for performance outcome analysis and providing high quality animated notes and summaries to student devices.