Students taking computer lessons. These and many more will find The Lesson materials more interesting/Courtesy photo
A section of innovators in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) industry, have shone a ray of hope for parents who are desperately seeking academic excellence for their children in the current COVID-19 lockdown. Shule Technologies Ltd through its ICT innovation hub; The Lesson, has come up with video-recorded lessons for pupils in Primary and and students in Secondary schools to enable them continue to attend routine lessons at home as though they are at school.
“We know how expensive it is to sustain a student on coaching during this lockdown, let alone the risk of contracting the deadly Corona virus pandemic; that is why we thought of a less costly and infection free method of delivering quality lessons to them at the comfort of their dwelling. At only Shs1000 per day or 60,000 per term, a student is able to access any lesson of his or her choice and study,” says Thembo Charles Lwanga, The Lesson Chief Executive Officer.
He adds that online schooling is an existing concept, however the uniqueness of The Lesson unlike other video education tools like Zoom or television which are live, this one is pre-recorded allowing the user to rewind or pause and continue at will.
“Our product replicates the classroom format via video where a teacher explains using a blackboard. It is not just for learning purposes during this lockdown but also for revision, especially for students and pupils during school break off who may feel not to have grasped a certain lesson or subject. We have partnered with several of the best teachers from top schools in the country to disseminate their knowledge through videos and notes,” he says.
He further noted that The Lesson web-page interface is designed by seasoned IT developers who have simplified its user access for use even by the most novice computer users. Parents can just log in for their children to attend the lessons at a place of their convenience instead of shuttling them across towns to revise and incur costs. Owing to its uniqueness and development potential, Lwanga said, the platform has so far attracted some investment from local investors and a tech firm in Kenya called Msimbo IT to enable leapfrog obstacles that normally nip new innovations in the bud.
“Our online school is also unique in that it has language lessons in Chinese and soon in Luganda,” he reveals.