Kenyan education tech startup Eneza, has disclosed that it will avail its Shupavu platform to students in Rwanda beginning this November.
Eneza will provide its SMS-based learning platform, Shupavu, to Rwanda in partnership with Mastercard Foundation. This e-learning platform will enable students to remain engaged in their studies while schools remain closed.
Shupavu e-learning software, launched in 2013, provides learning and revision materials via any phone in Kenya, Ghana and Ivory Coast.
The entry of Shupavu platform into Rwanda is due to Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Programme-targeted at supporting health workers, first responders and students.
The SMS platform provides students with access to the “Ask a Teacher” feature- where one can seek answers from a pool of teachers and receive responses via SMS shortcode 2910 on the MTN network.
From November 1, Rwandese students will be exposed to lessons and quizzes that are based on the Rwandan curriculum, using a code.
This e-learning service will be free to students in Upper Primary and Lower Secondary until July 31, 2021.
According to Wambura Kimunyu, Eneza CEO, the firm looks forward to serving millions of Rwandese learners. He hopes learners in Rwanda will find the ‘Ask A Teacher’ platform- useful.
While many already available e-learning technologies rely on an internet connection, Shupavu learning is run via SMS with no data bundles or connectivity needed.
Rica Rwigamba, Country Head for Rwanda, Mastercard Foundation said the organization seeks to support thousands of students in Rwanda.