Safaricom Foundation Donates Tablets To Students in Kawangware and Dandora

From left: Safaricom, senior manager- regional operations, Rose Njue, Dignitas programmes officer, Francis Njoroge, Dignitas Executive Director, Deborah Kimathi, Safaricom Foundation senior programmes officer, Ida Juma and Safaricom Foundation principal operations officer, Eunice Kibathi. – [PHOTO COURTESY]
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Students drawn from over one thousand households in Kawangware and Dandora are set to benefit from free access to e-learning tools following a partnership between Safaricom Foundation and Dignitas, a non-governmental organisation that works to provide access to education in urban slums.

“The current Covid-19 crisis has disrupted day-to-day learning which has unfortunately left some students behind; especially those who cannot afford smart phones or tablets for online learning. We are trying to bridge this divide not only through philanthropy like we are doing here today but also through products such as Shupavu 291 which is in partnership with Eneza and allows for access to learning and revision content via text messages and USSD,” said Joseph Ogutu, chairman, Safaricom Foundation.

 The project involves provision of tablets to student leaders and teachers from the two informal settlements who will use the devices to relay education content to other students both via SMS and online platforms.  

 “Dignitas is excited to be partnering with Safaricom Foundation during this crisis. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to thrive and succeed. However, many children rely on school for protection and well-being as well as learning. Our support to children in this season will protect their well-being and promote learning at home so that all of them can reach their potential,” saidDeborah Kimanthi, executive director, Dignitas.

 Last month Safaricom announced that it has partnered with Eneza Education, Longhorn Publishers and Viusasa Elimu to provide free access to educational content for primary and secondary school students studying from home. The partnership with Eneza Education allows students from grade  four  to form four  access learning and revision content on the SMS-based Shupavu291 free of charge following a sixty-day waiver of the daily Kshs. 3 subscription fee.  Learners with internet access can also access education content on Shupavu Web, Viusasa Elimu and the Longhorn E-learning portals through a free education bundle.

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