Safaricom Foundation donates tablets to informal settlements in Kenya
Students from over a thousand households in Kawangware and Dandora are to benefit from free e-learning tools following a partnership between Safaricom Foundation and Dignitas, a non-governmental organisation that works to provide access to education in urban slums.
The project involves provision of tablets to student leaders and teachers from the two informal settlements who will use the devices to relay education content to other students both via SMS and through online platforms.
Joseph Ogutu, chairman of Safaricom Foundation explained, “The current COVID-19 crisis has disrupted day-to-day learning which has unfortunately left some students behind; especially those who cannot afford smartphones or tablets for online learning. We are trying to bridge this divide not only through philanthropy like we are doing here today but also through products such as Shupavu 291 which is in partnership with Eneza and allows for access to learning and revision content via text messages and USSD.”
Students from grade 4 to form 4 can access learning and revision content on the SMS-based Shupavu291 free of charge. The platform can be accessed via USSD *291# or the short code 20851. Learners with internet access can also access education content on Shupavu Web, Viusasa Elimu and the Longhorn E-learning portals through a free education bundle available on *544#