Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Tigo for SMS makini educational platform
In an effort to help address the challenge of access to quality educational resources among students, Tigo Tanzania in partnership with Shule Direct, a local online education enterprise, has launched SMS Makini educational platform to provide educational learning content to students and teachers. Tigo Corporate Responsibility Manager Woinde Shisael told reporters during the launching event in Dar es Salaam last week that students will benefit from the platform by accessing academic materials basing on the country’s syllabus. She said the move would help to bridge the existing gap of learning resources in the education sector. Reports show a significant number of teachers in public schools experience an annual demand of more than 20,000 Science and Mathematics teachers.
Tigo Corporate Responsibility Manager Woinde Shisael
“Through the use of Tigo SMS Makini, secondary school students and teachers, will be able to access digitalized notes, tutorials, quizzes, podcasts and videos right from their mobile handsets,” Woinde explained. The materials available would include History, Civics, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, English, Biology, English, Mathematics and Kiswahili subjects. Tigo subscribers would only access free services for one month thereafter will be required to pay a weekly subscription fee of Sh100 and Sh500 respectively. “To access the service, subscribers will need to send a key word makini to 15397 and follow instructions” she said. Shule Direct, a designed platform by Faraja Nyalandu works to address the problem enabling students to learn independently and provide teachers with qualified teaching resources. Faraja said the platform target the masses by using an SMS platform that provide learning and revision quizzes for on-the-go learning on any basic mobile phone. As of September last year, at least 10,200 had already been subscribed with the platform while recording 115,000 visitors.