Friday, 28 February 2014
Rwanda Partners Facebook To Create Educational App For Students
With billions of subscribers within the last decade, social media has risen to becoming the most popular media in today’s world offering users great interactivity, mostly with the aid of smartphones.
In the business circles, social media is driving a revolution. Business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs have embraced it as an essential part today’s business strategy.
The Rwandan government is thus taking advantage of the huge potential being offered by social media by giving the country’s students, a huge platform through a private partnership to connect to the world’s knowledge economy.
It has teamed up with social media giant, Facebook, to design a pilot initiative aimed at offering all Rwandan students, free access to a collaborative online education experience.
Christened ‘SocialEDU’, students in Rwanda will receive free data plans for accessing free edX Massive Open Online Courses (edX MOOCs) from leading universities across the globe.
EdX offers interactive online classes and massive open online courses run by MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and other top universities on a range of topics including business, chemistry, computer science, economics, science, law, maths and a host of others.
Under the initiative Facebook is expected to create a special mobile application that would integrate into Facebook, with Nokia providing special affordable smartphones with improved Internet connectivity.
Telecom provider, Airtel, is expected to also offer a full-year free education data bundle for all participating students.
Reporting from the on-going Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, February 24, 2014, the biztechafrica.com quoted Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, as saying “The Government of Rwanda is excited to partner with Facebook to open up a world full of content and interaction to Rwandan students.”