Safaricom partnership to boost digital learning

Kago Kagichiri, co-founder and Chief Technology
Kago Kagichiri, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Eneza Education that is a platform that gives students education resources via local mobile phone. April 16, 2015. PHOTO| JEFF ANGOTE 

Safaricom has partnered with learning startup Eneza Education to launch an SMS-based teaching service that provides 8-4-4 compliant content to primary and secondary school pupils.

The new service, dubbed Shupavu 291, costs Sh10 per week and will cover unlimited curriculum content encompassing all subjects, quizzes as well as a question and answer session.

Established by Eneza Education in 2014, the mobile service has since attracted 469,000 primary school pupils and 86,000 high school students who are subscribed to the service and another 17,000 teachers currently undertaking education training courses via the portal *291#.

The service developers, Ms Tonni Maragivilia and Kago Kagichiri, said learners could access lessons, assessments, a question and answer session and Wikipedia services which had been prepared with assistance from Kenyan teachers.