Introducing RACHEL to your target community

All wonderful points Jeremy, which we’ve learned first hand from a pilot study we ran last year where we deployed a LMS at a primary school in Tanzania last year. This year we’re expanding the digital educational content (which came from the teachers!) with RACHEL-PLUS; the capacity of the server that hosts the LMS we deployed last year was limited.

In addition to your points, we found teacher training resources we could leave for refresher and new teachers, helpful. Could you advise what training tools you’ve developed that could be deployed on RACHEL (and/or in our case tablets, mini iPads) that teachers can use offline, supplementing our face to face training. I’ll have online access until Feb 18th to install and then I’ll be offline as I’ll be traveling and be in the village when it will be difficult to connect.


Hello, I’m a PhD student at Brigham Young University. I am on a team working to get up to $38k funding from BYU to distribute and implement proven educational technologies. We are looking to implement RACHEL in a number of secondary schools in Tanzania. I would love to learn from your pilot study and anything else you have done since then. Could we be in contact?

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hello – you can get in touch with our Tanzanian chapter leader @jseni – we also have some impact reports available which i can try to get posted for you. @NicoleC – do we have those on the web anywhere?

That would be great to see your impact reports! Thanks @jeremy eremy and @NicoleC

Hi all, we took the old impact reports down as they were quite outdated. However, we are expecting two really good new impact reports soon! One from our chapter in Guatemala, and one from our chapter in Sierra Leone. I’ll share them here when they are ready, and add them to our website.


Hello, I have been in contact with Emily Ostler, a PhD student from BYU. I hope you are in the same group. She has requested for some support to select schools for your study. I am working on that

Feel free to contact me anytime for support.

That is very true and in addition to that owners of school love to see and hear from their students why the technology useful and suitable for them. Let the students convince parents and owners of school(potential buyer) to buy for them and not a third person. (the bond between the teacher/parents and students is stronger than with the third person) I used the tactics and found that it works.

The duty of the sales person is to demonstrate modules that we interest the user. Students love to see automation and magic (example their exercises marked by computer, telling them remotely how many exercises they have done/ or how many video viewed and their point)

Kids when they are tired, switch activities to something like a game/ puzzle or storybook. I did the programming puzzle (maze) and they were very excited. Did not tell them how to use the program, they automatically catch up by trial and move from one level to another.


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Hi @jltwilkinson Sorry delay in replying to your message - just recently returned from Tanzania and catching up.
Looks like you/the BYU team has gotten help from reading above thread.

If still interested in reaching out or for more info can go to our project website (unfortunately outdated as completely rebuilding our entire website; goes live couple of weeks and there will be current info and more details on our technology for education and STEAM projects). Among the significant impact since we’ve begun these projects - our students are ranking #1 in their grades in the ward on Tanzania’s national exam


Am really encouraged by this approach. Its very practical and insightful

HI Nicole
I am starting to look into documentation of the impact that RACHEL has had. Can you please let me know if these impact reports are completed.



Hi Luke, I just returned from maternity leave–I’ll check on these impact reports and get back to you!

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Good suggestions, much appreciated.

Hi LumaiM and everyone,

I’m excited to share two wonderful impact reports that have recently been completed by our chapter in Guatemala, Mundo Posible and our partners 60 Million Girls and Cause Canada in Sierra Leone. They are now available (in Spanish and English) on our website at:

These two reports are particularly interesting because they use two very different approaches to bringing RACHEL into schools: in Guatemala, our staff spends quite a lot of time with the teachers, training them to incorporate RACHEL technology and content into their classrooms. In Sierra Leone, all RACHEL learning takes place outside of the classroom, where students can explore without guidance from teachers or other adults. These two approaches both suit the local needs and challenges, explained in more detail in the reports.

Best of all, both demonstrate very promising results, with middle school students using RACHEL showing very significant gains in both math and reading over those without RACHEL.



Hi NicoleC

Thank you so much for sharing the experiences and two approaches RACHEL technology was used in the two countries (Guatemala and Sierra Leone). I am planning to do a trial in my country, with the same approach as in Sierra Leone.

Kind regards

@jltwilkinson, I know this is about a year late, but I’m wondering if that BYU team or that initiative to “implement proven educational technologies” is still around. We may have some collaboration opportunities (speaking for another non-profit). I’ll provide contact information once you respond to this. Thanks!

@Norman – I beleive @chrissyvail7 might be connected to that BYU project.

Yes, you can reach out to me a about BYU. My email is

I am new to Rachel Device, Am interested in it. I am in PNG working with NGO, TFI. How and where can I buy the Rachel Plus.


Please could you advise me I have a NGO in South Africa focusing of CSR in the rural areas of SA Education and social challenges are our key areas - we look for solutions for this challenges and present them to the Corporate Companies and communities - we involve government business who fund and the communities in need - I have spent some time looking for the correct vehicle to use for these areas and have come across your production which fits with what we are looking for - how do I go about becoming a partner or a supplier. please could you let me know who i should speak to as the need is great - my website is as follows thanks so much - hope to hear from you soon


Hello @ICSD_South_Africa_Tr.

It’s probably best to speak with @Jeremy or someone from the RACHEL team. I think is the official email for information as well.