ONLINE LEARNING: Flora Tibarazwa (3rd left) a representative from COSTECH; Woinde Shisael, Tigo Corporate Services Responsibility Manager (2nd right) and Faraja Nyalandu (R) Shule Direct founder both looking on at how the online SMS learning platform for secondary schools system operates.
Tigo Corporate Responsibility Manager, Woinde Shishael, said at a launch function held at Azania Secondary School in Dar es Salaam last week, SMS Makini will enable students to access digital study tools online and bridge the existing gap of learning resources in the educational sector.
“Through the use of Tigo SMS Makini, Tigo subscribers, particularly secondary school students and teachers will be able to access digitalized notes, tutorials, quizzes, podcasts and videos right from their mobile handsets,” Woinde said.
She said the classes to be involved in the platform will be Form one to Form four adding that academic notes will be based on Tanzania’s educational syllabus covering nine learning subjects.
The subjects covered include History, Civics, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English, Mathematics and Kiswahili.
According to Woinde Tigo SMS Makini also accords students and teachers an interactive opportunity to discuss, share ideas, revise and download the National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA) past academic papers as well as meeting online for the 10,000 registered.
Tigo subscribers will access the service for free for one month and thereafter they will be charged a daily and weekly subscription fee of Tsh.100 ($0.045) and Tsh.500 ($0.227) respectively.
To access the service, Tigo subscribers will need to send a key word Makini to 15397 and follow instructions.
The partnership with Shule Direct is part of Tigo’s strategy to support initiatives that have high impact in the community.
Meanwhile Tigo Tanzania last week donated 500 desks worth Tsh.82.5 million ($39,091) to 10 primary schools in Kinondoni district, Dar es Salaam region, in support of the government’s effort to offset the existing countrywide shortage of desks in primary schools.
Speaking at a handover ceremony held at Kawawa Primary School located in Mabibo ward in Kinondoni municipality, Tigo General Manager Diego Gutierrez said the donation is in line with the company’s commitment to support community initiatives seeking to uplift people’s living condition.
“The donation is part of Tigo’s investment on social projects that have high impact on the community. We believe that through this donation, Tigo is playing a role in shaping the future leaders, doctors, engineers and other experts of this country,” Gutierrez said.