Re-inventing Education Through Technology

A social enterprise using donated smart and mobile devices to close the education and teacher development gap.



Founder, Carol Dlamini, and our trustees explain the Cell4Change concept and how to put your unused cellphone to use for a child and ECD educators.

Our Focus: Early Childhood Development

Using tech to teach literacy & numeracy

At Cell4Change we use technology to bridge the ECD education divide amongst children from low income households and teachers working within the ECD sector. Using donated mobile devices, children aged one month to 6 years and educators access ECD content via our device. We help them to become tech savvy. Children boost their ability to read, write, spell and do Maths before they turn 10. Teachers learn how to use technology to bring content to life. We firmly believe that inequalities in Internet connectivity and device ownership should not limit children’s and educators exposure to technology, education and quality ECD content.

Our audience

Children younger than 10

Children with no connectivity are disadvantaged in accessing a wide range of opportunities, especially as educational content moves online. But access is no longer just a yes/no question. The quality of their Internet connections, and the devices they use plays a key role to their digital experience.

While low-income families are at a clear disadvantage when it comes to accessing technology, both in school and at home, one universal tool for connection remains: smart devices. Children have a huge opportunity to use the technology already available through smart devices. Equally so, for their educators. When teachers are trained with technology, they are able to bring content to life, boosting the learning experience.  

Educators who are tech savvy and understand how to use tech to bring learning material to life are the key to a quality ECD experience for a child. Our programme provides devices to educators and access to our reading camps enabling them to become familiar with technology and to learn how to use tech within the classroom. We also monitor changes in the classroom between teachers who have access to our technology and content with teachers who don’t – accessing the role of technology in delivering a quality learning experience.

Our Model

Tech – bridging learning divides

Cell4Change is working with major cellphone providers and the telecomm’s sector to encourage individuals and companies to donate unused mobile devices (cellphones, Ipads and tablets). In partnership with WeThinkCode, we will ensure all donated devices are reconfigured, so that our children have a high quality digital experience when using them as education tools. All relevant ECD content will be uploaded via the Cell4Change device for use by learners aged one month to 6 years at our partner ECD Centre for learners and teachers to access. Our Cell4Change ECD device hosts content with specific educational goals for children’s literacy and numeracy and to assist teachers with classroom content. It will also host information for parents to grow their tech literacy and basic skills to help children learn further at home.

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Setlogane Manchidi - Investec, Head of CSI

The value of entities such as Cell4Change and the possible contribution of technology within education especially given the many challenges around access to quality education in our country should never be underestimated. I am encouraged by the thought of what a simple act of donating a pre-owned mobile device, can possibly achieve when given to those with a desire to inspire, educate, support and touch the future in the way that Cell4Change aims to do. For the solution to Africa’s own challenges lies within all of us – be part of this change!


A social enterprise using donated smart and mobile devices to close the education gap. Using donated mobile devices, ECD educators and children access important ECD content via our devices. We help them to become tech savvy boosting their ability to read, write, spell and do Maths before they turn 10 and an educators ability to bring content to life.



+(27) 83 642 4120


1st Floor, 3 Exchange Square, 87 Maude Str, Sandown


Social Media

Twitter: @Cell4Change

Facebook: Cell4change


1st Floor, 3 Exchange Square, 87 Maude Str, Sandown


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Cell4Change Banking Details

Name: Mpendulo Educational Solutions
Bank:  FNB
Acc: 62738211888
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