Tizi Games, a mobile educational games start-up in Kenya, has designed a collection of math games to help students improve on the subject while the COVID-19 pandemic during lockdown.

Tizi Games is part of Kenyan mobile games company, Usiku Games, which has initiated games to help Primary School children improve on their learning skills, especially in Math and English language.

Tizi Games provides interactive and educational games that give kids a fun way of understanding the most important concepts taught in the standard Kenyan Curriculum. The two newest math games on Tizi are called Explosive Math and Tuhesabu Bano, targeting students from the ages of six to ten.

In Explosive Math, students from class one to class four must save the world from crashing meteors by answering math questions. The game helps the students to easily revise their math based on the approved CBC curriculum. Tizi Games follows the new CBC curriculum as it encourages imagination, creativity, and critical thinking among children.

The other concept, Tuhesabu Bano (Swahili slang word meaning to count balls), is based on the classic banos schoolyard game that many of the parents grew up with. Tizi’s interactive games create opportunities for problem-solving and reinforcing the cognitive abilities of the student.

“We work together to make learning fun. These math games enhance what your children learn in school and act as revision for the week’s schoolwork. Most parents like me are all wondering how best to keep our children entertained and educated during this COVID-19 pandemic. Tizi Games acts as assistant personal teacher for your child. She helps with fun edutainment games for your children especially for challenging subjects like math,” said Maria Wangechi, Community Manager for Tizi Games.

The games are accessible and paid on a mobile web-based platform, and therefore any parent with a smartphone can subscribe on behalf of their children at just Ksh. 10 per week.

In the just concluded 2020 KCPE exams, KNEC stated that the number of candidates who scored 400 marks and above dropped by 15.4%, pulled down by poor performance in science and mathematics. Boys beat girls in Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies while the girls emerged tops in English, Kiswahili, and Kenya Sign Language.

Major learning gaps have emerged in Kenya, following the shutdown of schools due to the pandemic, less than two months to the start of KCPE 2021.

Tizi Games are therefore designed to be fun and entertaining as they help educate the pupils during these uncertain times. Each week, each child is presented with a collection of fun games, tailored to specifically match their grade level and what the CBC curriculum has defined that they should be learning in school that week:

“We have designed the words, Maths, and Science lessons taught through each game directly support and reinforce what the students have been taught in class that week. Each game supports the classroom teacher’s efforts by dynamically pulling in content to match the individual student’s grade level and classroom lessons based on what week of the year it is,” adds Mr. David Hoare, CTO and a 20-year classroom teaching veteran himself.

The games help with sensory integration which is critical in the implementation of the CBC curriculum. This new approach puts a strong emphasis on the importance of science, technology, and innovation. The games build hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, and fast reflexes.