Safaricom has partnered with Eneza Education, Longhorn Publishers and Viusasa to provide free access to educational content for primary and secondary school learners studying from home.
“These are difficult times for our country and the world at large and as a company, we are constantly looking at ways of being present for our customers. Through this initiative, we want to ensure that all students can access education content, whether through feature phones or smartphones, and keep up with their studies for the time they will be at home,” said Peter Ndegwa, chief executive officer, Safaricom.
The partnership with Eneza Education will see students from grade four to form four access learning and revision content on the SMS-based Shupavu291 free of charge following a six day waiver of the daily Kshs. 3 subscription fee.
Learners will also be able to access education content on Shupavu Web, Viusasa E-learning and the Longhorn E-learning portal through the Safaricom network without paying for data, up to 250MB per day, for the next sixty days.
“Eneza Education is excited to partner with Safaricom to make the Shupavu291 learning platform available for free to learners across the country during this time. Our content is delivered via SMS and does not require internet connection, and this ease of access has seen more than 5.3 million students use the platform,” said Wambura Kimunyu, Eneza Education CEO.
In 2019, Shupavu291, saw 6.2 million quizzes taken and more than one million questions asked on the Ask-A-Teacher platform.