New Online Learning Platform for Rwanda
KIGALI, RWANDAA Rwandan IT software company is testing a new e-learning platform with 50 selected schools and universities to enable students study online without physically stepping in class.
The firm, Data Systems Ltd. (DSL) says it has recently developed the web-based platform to allow thousands of students to study wherever they will be, provided they have internet connection. The project, known as eshuri, is a joint collaboration with Tigo Rwanda and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). It is expected to assist teachers and students share academic resources in a digital format. Nadia Uwamahoro, the Company’s Chief Executive, said the platform will also reduce both students and teachers’ costs re- lated to the printing of papers, and loss of documents. “Digitalization of content will improve the delivery of instructions in teaching,” she said. The company requires Frw. 200 million (about US$2.39M) to scale up the scheme, she said. So far Frw. 50m (about US$60,000) has been invested in the research, development of the application, and training of content developers by foreign expert. “We are trying to raise the remaining Rwf 150m from investors, government and development partners who are willing to help us,” Uwamahoro said. Students will have options of either downloading content on to their laptops or computers or can access it online, she explained. The company is offering a three-month trial to schools willing to use the platform. Under the arrangement, DSL will provide technical support while Tigo will offer laptops and Internet bandwidth.