Words from the President Founder ---------------------
Tony Simard is President and founder of Boîte à innovations. From 1978 to 1987 he was a Canadian development aid volunteer in Gabon as a teacher in sciences and humanities and Head of Research. Following a Master in project management, he made his career at the United Nations in Zaire, Gabon and Benin as Chief Technical Advisor for the ILO, UNESCO. UNFPA and UNDP.
In this capacity, he created the first Gabon cybrercafé, the first youth radio Radio Emergence, the first literacy software, alphatic in 1997 and participating in the integration of the EMP in Gabonese education system. In Benin, between 2001 and 2004, he trains more than 400 young people in the professions associated with communication centered on the development and population.
At his retirement from the United Nations, he invested in the field of digital educational technologies and the intelligence industry, first African wealth. Between 2005 and 2010, he worked to develop integrated, holistic and disruptive approaches that permit to learn to read, write, calculate, using a computer, internet and smart phone at the same time and created Boîte à innovations in 2010. With Benin's African colleagues, he developed the most cutting edge technologies in African and Western languages and opened 3 offices in Benin, Senegal and Gabon.
Integrating African realities in computer science and make available computer science and Internet in the service of Africa development become the leitmotif of the BAI. More than 10 African languages, Fon, Yoruba Bariba, Wolof, Fula, serere Arabic, Joola, fang and Teke are modeled and allow fun and friendly learning with the V learning (video learning) and m-learning learning by the mobile. 12,250 videos and 18,800 translations are available on the platform www.alphaomedia.org
Integrated approaches, multilingual, multi-sectorals and multi-platforms, web, mobile, tactile, it integrates MOOCs on alphaomedia.org platform allowing to create as many virtual classrooms with as much as learners and each with customed training plans. Each learner has a dashboard, each supervisor and each virtual class as well. The Monitoring and Evaluation is done in real time through automated reports and functionalities related to collaborative learning. These unique digital technology creates new educational practices related to the dematerialization of knowledge and the relocation of places of learning.
Since 2 years, 4 experimentations took place in Benin and Senegal with partners such as UNESCO, CNOAS, Senegal Ministry of Literacy PAJEF project. The Ministry of Vocational Training, Learning and Craft sector and the Fondation Paul Gerin Lajoie through PADIA project Youth Action Environment.
Today he implements with his team and his partners, the first global network of smart schools at primary level, on the model of brain development, to enable 30 million children excluded, the 182 million illiterate and all students in Africa, to have the knowledge and technology in their native and Western languages in order to solve problems related to accessibility and education quality. Solutions and technologies are available now, and this, thanks to Boîte à innovations (BAI).
Following to the post 2015 goals, the educational technological revolution ongoing in Africa will promote a radical break with the current limitations of educational systems. With the emergence and the profusion of smart objects connected and broadband networks, educational organizations are set to become intelligent and new digital educational indicators will mark educative temporality in the next 15 years. By then, the gross intelligence product (GIP) will be the first indicator that will mark the level of development of a society and educative systems will have to take the emergence leadership of collective intelligence in knowledge economies.
Founder and C.E.O of BAI