>Econet Wireless Zimbabwe’s EcoSchool has formed a partnership with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) that will enable Zimbabwe students studying towards ACCA to access online introductory ACCA-X courses for free.
The ACCA-X/ ECOSCHOOL online learning community kicks into life, with the start of introductory and intermediate courses in Financial and Management Accounting.
The partnership, the first of its kind with an institution offering professionally accredited tuition, will potentially benefit all Zimbabwe students enrolling for ACCA. EcoSchool, the first initiative from Econet Education, is a digital education platform that provides scholars and educators with on-the-go affordable and reliable access to world-class educational content.
More than 38,000 registrations from America to Zambia, the two free and introductory courses run for 10 weeks and will enable people to gain knowledge that could set them out on a new career as an accountant, or bolster their knowledge of finance.
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe CEO Mr Douglas Mboweni said, “This is a momentous partnership for Econet Education. We are proud and humbled to have partnered with this highly esteemed global professional accounting body, ACCA.
The idea behind EcoSchool goes beyond simply making books available at a cheaper price, but is part of our larger strategy to help learners and educators to gain access to materials and courses from across the globe. Leveraging on our respective mutual core competencies we have zero rated access to the introductory ACCA-X courses thereby opening a brighter future for Zimbabweans to enjoy access to online study material without the burden of data costs.”
“At Econet we believe that one will never go wrong with education. Free access to ACCA-X is only the first of many initiatives between us and ACCA as we endeavour to equip Zimbabweans with financial literacy skills of benefit at both personal and professional levels. In line with EcoSchool’s mandate we will continuously work towards making education affordable and accessible,” added Mr Mboweni.
Econet has been aggressively growing its digital education footprint in the country, adding two more initiatives namely the programming school Muzinda Hub and Ruzivo an online learning platform for primary school children in Zimbabwe.
Reza Ali, director of New Ventures at ACCA, comments: “ACCA-X was launched with accessibility at its very heart, enabling people anywhere who have access to the internet to study for a rewarding career that can lead to a career in accountancy. Registrations have been received from far and wide, including Vanuatu in the South Pacific to Burkina Faso in Africa. ACCA-X really is a global and democratic learning community, removing barriers to study.”
The course’s high quality content, available anytime online, is delivered on the respected edX platform, an online learning destination founded by MIT and Harvard. ACCA-X’s courses feature expertly written content developed by Epigeum, a spin-out from Imperial College London. Tutors also support the free courses, who are experts in international accounting issues, from financial reporting to taxation.