Using virtual reality to modernise science curricula in Africa


  • Education

Acceleration Type



  • Senegal

The quality of education in Sub-Saharan Africa suffers from a lack of material investments, which has a particularly adverse impact on science classes. On top of that, not all students can take part in science experiments due to cost constraints and the lack of teaching support. As a result: science classes can rarely get outside the book, focusing almost exclusively on lectures that struggle to spark students’ interest or creativity.

Faced with this dilemma, the start-up OwnLabs developed an innovative app built on the latest virtual reality technologies to recreate a physics, chemistry and biology lab. Accessible from any smartphone equipped with a VR headset, the app gives students an opportunity to understand, master and even transform their virtual environment, while benefitting from guidance throughout the digital experiment.

The start-up’s goal is to deliver an immersive experience that helps students learn science by conducting virtual equivalents of typical science class experiments.

Types of support

Winner of the first prize at the Orange Senegal Social Venture Awards Africa and Middle East 2017, OwnLabs received a grant and support from Orange to accelerate its development.