Tigo Rwanda is partnering with a local ICT firm to extend online education to students in over 1,000 private and public schools across the country by the end of 2017.
This partnership was initiated by Data Systems Limited, a company that brings together young Rwandan programmers, and entails setting up computer labs in schools, providing affordable internet along with the E-Shuri platform.
It was announced recently by Tigo Rwanda’s Chief Business Officer, Amit Chawla, while speaking at the launch of E-Shuri, an online and offline education platform that uses the national education curriculum content to engage students inside and outside the classroom in order to enhance their understanding of the material taught by their teachers.
The E-Shuri platform gives students individual access to education material as well as online coaching with professional teachers; this allows students the opportunity to learn at their own pace.
During the launch of E-Shuri, secondary school girls aged around 15 demonstrated the various applications they had developed to respond to everyday issues. In order for students around the country to benefit from the E-Shuri platform, Tigo will provide the connectivity backbone of the project and related hardware.
“Education is at the core of Rwanda’s development initiatives and at Tigo Business we want to ensure that through our seamless connectivity and expansive bandwidth availability, we are able to partner with the Government in its goal of creating a knowledge-based and ICT savvy economy,” said Amit Chawla. “Through this programme we aim to increase internet utilisation in all parts of the country no matter how isolated.”
“Tigo is happy to be part of such a revolutionary project that aims to enhance the skills of Rwandan students from an early stage because they are future of the nation,” added Tigo Rwanda CEO Philip Amoateng. “With the skills they learn they will be able to compete favourably in the global ICT village.”
The E-Shuri platform includes ‘Robotics’, a visually animated coding application developed by ‘Intelikom’ an Israeli ICT company. Robotics aims to ensure that science, engineering and mathematics are adopted by Rwandan students of all genders at an early age.