In Kenya, we have used mobile technology to disrupt different industries beginning with mobile banking (MPESA) affecting the finance industry.
The agriculture and health sector(Totohealth) have also not been left behind, and today SHUPAVU291, a mobile study tool has joined the long list of disruptors as it aims to change the way EDUCATION is accessed in the country.
However, it is important to note that Shupavu291 is not in any way competing with the teachers but it’s here to help them in delivering quality education to students.
A product of Eneza Education, a startup that was first incubated at The Nailab, Shupavu291 was today launched at a Nairobi hotel through a partnership of Eneza and Safaricom which will see atleast 10 million students access unlimited 844 lessons through short messages (SMS) by dialing *291# at a cost of sh.10 weekly deducted from the users airtime.
Approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum development (KICD) learners do not necessarily need to have a smartphone to access shupavu291 lessons and assessments because it cuts across all mobile phones that is, from a mulika mwizi to the latest kid in town Samsung Galaxy S7!
Currently over 572,000 users are using Shupavu291 with 469,000 of them coming from primary school and 86,000 from secondary schools across the country! Teachers currently using the platform are 17,000.
In addition to the above, Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore noted that together with the United Nations Refugee agency(UNHCR) they have created the instant network classroom designed to answer connectivity ,configuration and supply chain issues encountered while implementing a mobile device based education programme in remote locations.
This has seen over 3000 students in KAKUMA and over 20,000 students plus 378 teachers in Daadab refugee camps have benefitting from the development.
According to Eneza Education co-founder, Kago Kagichiri, learners can access KCPE and KCSE course content, quizzes on subjects of their preferences, the Wikipedia, and have a chance to ask teachers questions through the ASK A TEACHER platform!