University students int Zimbabwe will now have a swell time accessing internet services in their electronic library as Econet has now opened sale of the Econet Wireless which will be selling for $35. This initiative is part of the telecom giant’s EcoSchool offering, which is being rolled out for all universities in Zimbabwe.
The company says it ran a pilot test for the project over a period of six months. “When a student uses their own devices (tablets and smartphones) it costs $2 a month. When they use the EcoSchool tablet, it costs $6 a month for 24 months,” said Teresa Mbagaya, the head of EcoSchool.
The EcoSchool offering also comes with a chatroom that helps students communicate with their peers as well as interact with lecturers on educational issues.
Darlington Mandivenga, the Econet Services CEO, said: “the system enables students to learn in their own environment as they no longer have to visit “brick and mortar libraries” to access educational content.”
He added that there are plans to expand the EcoSchool system into the rest of the world, adding that the offering is expected to include primary and high school content.