Kago Kagichiri has stepped down from his role as CEO for Eneza Education.
Munyutu Waigi will succeed him on a provisional basis. However, Kago will remain on the Eneza board and continue to work with the rest of the team.
Kago has served the digital education platform for the past six years, four as CTO and the last two as the firm’s CEO. In his tenure, Kago saw the platform, which started as an SMS-based Math, English and Reproductive Health teacher’s assistant grow into one of the world’s robust education systems. At the moment, it serves the country’s 47 counties and has been exported to Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Tanzania.
“In my 6 years here, I’ve been baffled at the immense scale that exists where digital solutions find the user at their point of need, on the devices and habits they know. I love that our conversational tech is a safe environment where young people get real answers to questions they would otherwise not ask and learn how to leverage technology,” remarks Kago Kagichiri in a statement.
The new changes in leadership have been preceded by the firm’s need to allow a new set of skills to run its business.
Kago says he will continue to explore unique and challenging issues that can use his vast experience in telecoms and technology to build global products.
Eneza, which allows students to get access to quizzes, mini-lessons, access to textbook material and ask teachers questions, search Wikipedia via the web, mobile web or a USSD/SMS-based system. It also displays reports to teachers and parents on student performance. Currently, Eneza reports that serves near 5 million learners.
The platform was one of Safaricom Spark Fund beneficiaries. It also won Best Mobile Innovation for Education Award at the Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO) for their Shupavu291 service in partnership with Safaricom.