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OD helps bridge the education divide

OD Edwin Roberts (1988S) developed an international award winning technology which helps bridge the gap between learning and data.

One of the most prominent conversation in the last 18 months is around South Africa’s basic education department’s ability to provide affordable data options for learners to access learning material. The 2020 academic year was one of the most challenging for primary and tertiary learners, with the pandemic widening the existing inequality gap.

A fascinating discussion, hosted by 22OnSloane, (22 On Sloane is the largest start-up campus in Africa) which showcased the international award winning technology, developed by OD Edwin Roberts (1988S) that enables access to digital content like education and healthcare accessible to millions. Watch the the discussion below:


TouchToLearn is a technology platform that connects brands and content with people, whether a company’s stakeholders, ie, workforce and consumers or even scholars and students. It achieves this via its data free mobile app. This is a critical technology for those with limited access to data.

Founder Edwin Roberts explains: “We provide a cost-effective solution for digital content delivery in developing markets, where data is expensive and coverage is poor. The opportunities are endless. If an infant can learn from video then adults can too, so we developed a technology platform that can deliver proprietary video content to the end-user without them incurring data costs. We effectively put a brand ambassador, teacher, nurse or financial advisor in your pocket. A scholar or student can now literally have a tutor in their pocket for studying, or an SME in the township can have access to a business mentor at no cost to the end-user and no hidden data cost because data is expensive and quality of coverage for streaming is limited.”

Read more HERE

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