African cellular giant Vodacom has launched an e-school portal which will enable any learners who are Vodacom subscribers to access curriculum content through their mobile devices.
The portal, which is called Vodacom e-school, was launched at the COSAT Centre of Science and Technology inILitha Park, Khayelitsha, Cape Town.
“The project is in line with Vodacom’s ongoing drive to help provide ICT tools and Internet connectivity to communities that do not have access,” says Vodacom executive head for corporate citizenship, Suraya Hamdulay. “By providing access to Internet services to improve the standard of education, Vodacom is able to uplift learners and the quality of education.”
“We know that many learners in our country often do not have access to learning material such as textbooks, which makes excelling at school more difficult. Through the Vodacom e-school platform, we can help address this challenge,” she adds.
According to Hamdulay, it’s critical that Vodacom is not charging users for the data needed to access the portal.
“Most learners have access to cell phones, laptops or tablets in one way or another, but may not have adequate data,” she says. “Having free access to our education content portal will now help remove the barriers to e-learning”.