Maximize Human Potential by Tembo

We are the Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs based in Boston, USA.

Of 20,000 teams, we—Tembo Education—were lucky enough to be 1 of 6 finalists in Bill Clinton's $1M Hult Prize competition. We defeated all 8 Ivy Leagues and were the only team from the U.S. that advanced.

President Clinton’s call to action was to provide education for 10M children (0-6 years old).


Tembo educates 0-6 year old children, via text messages. 

Tembo sends one activity per day, to parents, via text messages. The parents then educate their children with the activity. 

For educating their children, the parents are rewarded with free incentives. In developing nations, those incentives are free minutes and texts for their mobile phone. In developed nations, those incentives are Amazon gift cards. 

For every child educated in America, it allows Tembo to educate more children in developing nations; similarly to TOMS shoes' "1-for-1" model. 

In our pilot in Nigeria, we required parents and home educators to use our telecom partner to access the curriculum. Therefore, we increased the market share of the telecom. In our Nigerian pilot study, we increased the market share of MTN by 33%, Etisalat by 92% and Globacom by 93%, 

We expedite the economic development of the country by not only educating millions of children, but also by creating job opportunities, generating revenue for the telecoms, and opening the doors to foreign investors.

Since we started our social enterprise, Tembo has since launched in the USA and has been supported by the Clinton Global Initiative & been awarded for social impact by the owner of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club.

Tembo aims to transform early childhood education for the world by making high-quality education more accessible and affordable for millions of children worldwide. Tembo started in Africa, is now in the US, and expanding to the Middle East and India. 

Tembo's current objective is to educate 80,000 Syrian refugee children living in Jordan.

Are you willing to help us create social change around the world?

Thanks for your support to help us respond to this global cause. Your investment in our project will impact millions of lives.

Tembo: Maximizing Children's Potential through Education via Text Messages

Social Media:  @TemboEducation




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Phil Michaels 
Tampa, FL
Phil Michaels 
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