NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Eneza Education has joined hands with Safaricom Limited to officially launch a mobile study tool dubbed ‘Shupavu 291’.
The tool enables primary and secondary school students access the Kenya National Curriculum aligned lessons through SMS.
Toni Maraviglia, the CEO of Eneza Education said that Shupavu 291 is tailor made for pupils across the country regardless of their societal status.
“The mobile tool is not a reserve of any particular class or status. Hence we have priced its accessibility fairly to include everyone at just Sh10 per week,” she explained.
The Sh10 per week therefore gives a student unlimited content, quizzes, Ask a Teacher service and Wikipedia for one week. It is also free to receive an SMS from Shupavu.
To prepare pupils for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations, the tool has over 4,000 revision questions, according to Maraviglia. It also has questions to prepare secondary going students for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.
Additionally, there are over 500 quizzes in the system to use, with new ones being published on a daily basis.
“As far as accuracy is concerned, when a pupil gets a wrong answer, the correct one will be sent shortly accompanied by a detailed answer thereafter.”
– No Competition for Teachers –
The tool is in no way trying to compete with the work of teachers.
According to Maraviglia, it will only complement the work of teachers and assist students better their learning.
She also said that the tool will be of great assistance to parents, especially those who are unable to assist their children in their studies as they only need to use the tool.
The mobile tool is not a reserve of Smartphones only as it is accessible from any phone. Maraviglia explained that the decision to make it accessible on any phone is to make it possible for more people to reach the service.
“Furthermore, mobile penetration in the country continues to grow as there is now almost a phone in every household in the country. Furthermore, the price of a basic phone, you will find, is much cheaper than that of some textbooks.”
How was the curriculum assembled to create Shupavu 291?
Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom said that after Eneza Education approached them with the idea and they got on board, the two organizations got advisors and supporters in the Ministry of Education and partnered with Kenya Primary School Headteachers Association to create it. Afterwards, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development approved it.
Prior to its launch today, Shupavu has been in use since 2013 and reached over 572,000 mobile learners with a majority being Primary School going pupils.
Collymore explained that Safaricom’s decision to partner with Eneza was part of the Company’s vision of changing lives through ICT, especially by doing something in education.
The service is however only available on the Safaricom network.
To access the service, pupils need only to *291# and follow the instructions.