United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Padziwe Ecosystem for Digital Education

Padziwe (
Private sector

    Padziwe Ecosystem for Digital Education is a number of applications developed to address several challenges faced by the education sector in Malawi. The specific needs are as follows: 1) High costs of learning resources 2) Insufficient learning resources 3) Poor quality of learning resources 4) Lack of continuous professional development (CPD) training for in-service teachers. Padziwe addresses these challenges by providing curriculum-based content (primary and secondary) which is enriched with interactive animations, videos, diagrams, and audios.

    Currently, the ecosystem comprises the following:

    1. PADZIWE DIGITAL LIBRARY (PDL): desktop & mobile software containing interactive learning resources for primary & secondary school. Content in PDL is enriched with visual media such as interactive animations, videos, audios, diagrams, etc. to help learners understand concepts easier.

    2. TEACHERS DESK: online application offering continuous professional development (CPD) to teachers for free. The training content is also enriched with visual and interactive media to enhance assimilation. It incorporates other tools such as Exam Bank which helps teachers formulate question papers fast by selecting pre-made questions from a huge pool.

    3. PADZIWE EDUCATIONAL HARDWARE: Android tablets and solar-powered laptops containing the Padziwe Digital Library app (see above).

    4. SCHOOL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: an application which allows schools to manage their administrative processes in terms of processing student grades, records, fees payments, and so on.



    Padziwe Ecosystem is unique because it does not leave anyone behind in the education system. Often, edu-tech innovations focus on solving one problem in the education spectrum, leaving out other crucial issues such as workload for teachers, quality of teachers and efficiencies of schools in administration. The PDL goes further to make sure that each lesson is presented in the simplest and most interactive format possible. Using research findings obtained from our Lean Impact approaches, our lessons focus on helping the student understand & relate to learning outcomes. At Padziwe we have a special department that focuses on creating illustrations, videos, and animations for learners to enhance the quality of learning resources.


    Padziwe’s applications can be used in any setting in Malawi. With the help of solar-powered laptops and tablets that come with solar chargers, the content can reach the furthest off-grid areas. Since the content is tied to the curriculum, any school or student studying the Malawi curriculum at primary or secondary level can use the applications. Padziwe’s applications can also be easily scaled to other countries in Africa. Most of the core subjects such as sciences have almost the same learning outcomes, regardless of country. For the subjects that may differ in scope and breadth of coverage, Padziwe can make modifications to match any country-specific curriculums. This would be easy to do because the content is digital and can get automatic updates when connected to the internet.


    Follow this link for an overview of Padziwe's impact: https://www.mwnation.com/a-library-at-fingertips

    Currently, the African Union ranks Padziwe’s Ecosystem of Digital Education among the top 10 of education innovations in all of Africa. https://www.globalpartnership.org/blog/new-system-digital-education-malawi

    Expected Impact

    -By providing content that is interactive and easy to understand, this initiative will help learners attain learning outcomes which will be an important factor to getting them to complete primary and secondary education.

    -Padziwe will help make kids ready for primary school by providing quality content for early childhood development. This content is also bundled in mobile tablets that come with solar chargers to ensure that kids in remote off-grid areas have access.

    - By providing free content to help teachers with CPD, Padziwe will help in the supply of qualified teachers which is another factor to help achieve the two points above.


    Civil Society, Education Coalition, EdTech Hub

    Additional information

    https://www.globalpartnership.org/blog/new-system-digital-education-malawi https://youtu.be/I5zbvKBrjWY?t=114 https://www.mwnation.com/a-library-at-fingertips

    Goal 4

    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

    Goal 4


    By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes


    Proportion of children and young people (a) in grades 2/3; (b) at the end of primary; and (c) at the end of lower secondary achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in (i) reading and (ii) mathematics, by sex


    Completion rate (primary education, lower secondary education, upper secondary education)


    By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education


    Proportion of children aged 24–59 months who are developmentally on track in health, learning and psychosocial well-being, by sex


    Participation rate in organized learning (one year before the official primary entry age), by sex


    By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university


    Participation rate of youth and adults in formal and non-formal education and training in the previous 12 months, by sex


    By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship


    Proportion of youth and adults with information and communications technology (ICT) skills, by type of skill


    By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations

    Parity indices (female/male, rural/urban, bottom/top wealth quintile and others such as disability status, indigenous peoples and conflict-affected, as data become available) for all education indicators on this list that can be disaggregated


    By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy


    Proportion of population in a given age group achieving at least a fixed level of proficiency in functional (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills, by sex


    By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development


    Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education and (d) student assessment


    Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all


    Proportion of schools offering basic services, by type of service


    By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries

    Volume of official development assistance flows for scholarships by sector and type of study


    By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States


    Proportion of teachers with the minimum required qualifications, by education level

    Name Description

    Achieve a 100% pass rate of the learners who use Padziwe's educational content

    Provide mobile learning devices to 50% of learners who are not able to attend physical classroom instruction

    Provide Teacher CPD to at least 50% of primary school teachers in Malawi

    Financing (in USD)
    Finances to help pilot innovations and develop more content
    Staff / Technical expertise
    Expertise in computer animation and instructional development
    In-kind contribution
    Sharing our work and impact with relevant NGO's for support
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    Action Network
    SDG Acceleration Actions
    04 January 2014 (start date)
    30 June 2032 (date of completion)
    1. Africa
    Other beneficiaries

    Primary school learners, Secondary school learners, Teachers Schools, Government (Ministry of Education)

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    Contact Information

    Pilirani, Mr.