Vodacom’s Instant Schools is online education platform to grace Corona

03Apr 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Vodacom’s Instant Schools is online education platform to grace Corona

WHEN the country is in a 30 days partial lockdown with schools and colleges closed, Vodacom Instant schools is an important platform for students and teachers to interact through e- learning.

Students sampling Vodacom’s Instant Schools platform on laptops during the launch in Dar es Salaam recently.

In a statement yesterday, Vodacom Tanzania Plc said the platform brings the education experience to students and teachers wherever they are located. The program is part of Vodacom’s wider agenda to promote quality digital learning throughout the country.

“The education portal curates digitized education materials incorporating primary and secondary curriculum that can be accessed free through mobile devices and computers at any time. The benefits of the platform are significant particularly during this period when the world is combating the spread of COVID-19,” the telco said.

The statement further noted that as communities around the world are practicing social exclusion and schools closed, Vodacom’s Instant School learning platform is an important vehicle to ensure students and teachers continue to interact.

“Recently, Vodacom in partnership with Universal Communication Services Fund (UCSAF) launched the second phase of computer and internet connectivity as part of efforts to promote digital literacy in schools across Tanzania,” the statement added.

The Vodacom and UCSAF partnership will see over 81,500 students from 163 primary and secondary schools reached by the end of the project in 2020.Digital learning does not mean simply learning through a phone, tablet or personal; computer, it means much more like bringing the learning experience to where students or teachers are Located. It is more a way of learning rather than a type of learning, the telco’s release noted.

The idea of digital learning is to make training more efficient and to improve the learning experience of students using the latest technology but the goal is not to entirely abandon classical teaching methods but rather to enhance the use of innovation.

“With the use of digital learning solutions, the goal is to help the learner gain skills or knowledge needed without worrying about the place and time of the action, the pace of learning and the learning means,” Vodacom’s statement explained.

Vodacom has played an important role in setting an enabling environment through its vast network coverage and telecommunication infrastructure investment to provide access to subscribers to tap into the Instant Schools portal, enabling students to continue with learning out of the classroom at this crisis period.