For the community.
From the community.


Dala is an early stage Ed-tech start-up. Dala’s vision is to foster learning outside the boundaries of classrooms, enabling children Sub-Saharan Africa to reach minimum proficiency levels in reading by the end of grade 3. The youth in Sub-Saharan Africa face two prevailing problems: lack of quality education and unemployment. While access to schooling has increased in the last 50 years, 138 million (87%) primary-school age children in sub Saharan Africa (387M worldwide) are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in  reading.

Conversely two in three youths in Sub-Saharan Africa are unemployed or underemployed. Dala increases learning opportunities for children outside the boundaries of a classroom and provides employment for local youth in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is achieved through gamified learning for kids from grade 1-4 in which ideas and stories are crowd-sourced from within communities. Dala was founded in January 2019 and to date, the team has been invited to pitch their idea at the Hult Prize Challenge Regional Finals in London in March 2019.

The Team

Heidi – Heidi grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and worked in retail and investment banking for over 3 years before pursuing an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge. Her passion lies in increasing access to quality education for children in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this light, her dissertation will focus on the impact of the 4th industrial revolution on the education system in South Africa.

Alexandre – Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Alexandre has over 4 years’ experience in high- and low-income countries working for social and environmental startups. Along with Heidi, he is pursuing the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge. Prior to Cambridge, he spent 2.5 years in Sub-Saharan Africa as a Fellow from Engineers Without Borders Canada where led the development and implementation of youth training and business accelerator programs in Ghana and Ivory Coast. He then joined a agritech startup in Kenya and managed its digital strategy and product design. These experiences fostered Alex’s passion for social innovation and impact in Sub-Saharan Africa.