Zimbabwe Academic and Research Network (ZARNet) has unveiled e-nhava, a cutting edge integrated resources portal, they say is set to revolutionise not only learning and currency but the order of doing business and the way we live.
e-nhava will be a premium platform for trainers to upload relevant content beneficial to learners in their studies. Students have a choice to buy or rent a book, a chapter or even video lessons for tutorship and mentorship.
By: Gody Jokonya
This seems to be an answer by ZARNet team, led by chief executive Cliff Mupangavanhu, to Honourable Supa Mandiwanzira, the Minister of Information Communication Technologies, Postal and Courier services who recently made a call for government arms to “. be innovative and think outside the box” and make money as opposed to waiting for handouts
“The technology aims to reduce costs on textbook accessibility from elementary level through to professional qualifications especially for those in rural and underprivileged communities. A development supposed to create more opportunities for professions and research beneficial in national, social and economic aspects in Zimbabwe and Africa at large.” Says Mupangavanhu.
“Education should not be expensive and in empowering rural schools our message is ‘where you are born is a delivery point not a destination’.”
The software will offer a wallet in multicurrency for flexibility in shopping at the site’s market place offering boundless products and services from various wholesalers, retailers and service providers. One can shop for anything, pay anyone, anywhere and anytime beyond boundaries.
The platform shall offer a unique function of payment authorization where an institution can request a payment to a user on behalf of your beneficiary e.g. hospital or school and all you have to do is authorize the payment whilst eliminating middlemen.
To access the services on http://enhava.com/one needs to open an account through an agent (a retailer or school) or simply sent a message and a confirmation. More information will be fully available on the 16th of April 2015 when the project will be officially launched.
ZARNet has strategically partnered Africom and NetOne who have allocated a range of numbers to discount cost of internet accessibility further elevating convenience, whilst Zimpost will be the couriers.
8 months were spent by 8 highly trained Pan-African digital architects with extensive and varied backgrounds and experience ranging from PhDs in cloud system, banking payments, professional education specializing in e-learning and system analysts to make it a sound secure platform.
Dr Shiyghan Navti, a Cameroonian working for IBM UK and one of the architects had this to say.
“The technology promotes Pan Africanism whilst bordering territories through provision of relevant services is set to grow beyond Zimbabwe to the rest of Africa. The aim of the platform is to provide a sustainable way by increasing accessibility and affordability of learning content and empowering them for economic sustainability whilst building on existing schools in communities,” says Navti.
ZARNet has 8 years experience as an ISP for academic institutions, research institutions, training colleges, schools and other clients especially in rural and disadvantaged areas and wishes to bankroll e-nhava starting with Chipinge.