By Toneo Tonderai Rutsito
Econet recently launched a new educational 7” tablet for only $5 per month preloaded with various educational apps for students at the University of Zimbabwe, Great hall and religiously coined it the Ecoschool.
According to Econet, The tablet will only be exclusive to Econet customers and one has to be a valid student with a valid ID and National ID by simply visiting the Ecoschool kiosk on the campus or their Joina city, Avondale or Montague shops to access the tablets or their website for more on www.ecoschool.co.zw/
At an event witnessed by Econet executive, UZ Staff and students, The Vice Chancellor of the Institution professor Levi Martin Nyagura commended Econet Wireless for the initiative and picking the University first towards the ground breaking move.
Prof Nyagura said once again “Econet has come to rescue the institution, and with Ecoschool it goes beyond simply making tablets and textbooks available at cheaper prices, it also open access to the theories and courses across the globe in a much smarter way and this makes our scholars global students capable of being good knowledge ambassadors of our country to the rest of the world.
Representing Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the CEO of Douglas Mboweni said we started off by making products for Zimbabweans by Zimbabweans but we have since moved on in providing solutions for the world by Zimbabweans
“ There is nothing impossible, we have the power as humans within us , If IP can be produced, and It can then we believe this is our turn to come out with products and services that proves that the IP world belongs to Zimbabwe”
The Econet Services CEO Mr Darlington Mandivenga said that this day will mark the way our education changes and as Econet we have identified areas of greatest need.
He asked the rhetoric question , “what do you do when students can hardly afford books, when 50% of 60million school going age are not at school and come from Africa, when Zim tertiary enrolment is only siting at 6 % against a minimum global of 27%, when more than 20 students are sharing books which they are now guessing letters, what do you do when some of the text books are too heavy that they get students deformed while the digital ones are being pirated”
He said the solution to such a problem is Ecoschool, this is education for the new generation, the platform that provides scholars the new digital way of learning with world class standards.
Mr Mandivenga said EcoSchool will be working publishers of the Books , like Wolters Kluwe, Wiley-Blackwell and Elsevier distributer of ebooks Worldreader and bINU as their delivery platform.
The Ecoschool programme has been initially launched at the University Of Zimbabwe first, with respect to the college of health sciences as the app comes in preloaded with medical courses as they run the pilot test before offloading to other faculties or universities.
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Students will pay $5 per month and get free data, plus the Ecoschool app and many other educational e- books preinstalled, 45 educational websites with free access making it a 40% cheaper to buy books echoed Mandivenga
The Ecoschool tablet runs on android Ice Cream Sandwich and has an independent EcoSchool app preinstalled with many other generic android apps too.