Vodacom Tanzania Plc, has launched E-Fahamu to offer teachers and students a place to get textbooks and supplementary books for free.
Working with the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE), the E-Fahamu website has over 80 textbooks, 1,020 supplementary books and 18 cartoons published.
Speaking in Dodoma over the weekend during the launch of the E-Fahamu website, the Minister for Education and Vocational Training Prof Joyce Ndalichako said, “As we all aware that the youth nowadays have interested on internet, now instead of browsing stuff that don’t suit them, Vodacom Tanzania has offered them an opportunity to acquire learning materials but the most interesting is that all the materials are for free which will make every student to have an opportunity of acquiring them.”
Vodacom Foundation is also working with the Universal Communications Service Fund (UCSAF) in distributing computers and routers to secondary schools in the country. So far, a total of 48 computers, 24 routers and Sim cards have been distributed to 24 secondary schools in the country in phase one while the second phase is preparing to distribute 556 computers, 83 printers and 151 routers to 163 secondary schools.
The E-Fahamu website is expected to help increase performance in schools as it will give teachers and students a variety of reading materials of their choice.
Earlier, the Vodacom Foundation Rosalynn Mworia said that the E-Fahamu platform, which was previous named as Instant Schools has increased reading materials after partnering with the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) in order to get positive results for learners who are using English and Swahili languages.
‘Through E-Fahamu platform, any person can search, download and get different learning materials including those for class learning and vocational training through Vodacom networking by visiting the below website www.e-fahamu.vodacom.co.tz
The list of textbooks from TIE which teachers and students can acquire for both primary and secondary schools are Mathematics, Social Science, Science and Technology, Life Skills and Citizenship.
Standard Six books are for subjects of Kiswahili, English, Mathematics and Citizenship which have been approved by TIE while for Standard one and two are learning skills, writing and reading together with environmental health.
In addition, E-Fahamu will offer textbooks for Geography and History for secondary school students for Form One and Two while O level and A level are Applied Mathematics, Biology, General Chemistry, Physics and Kiswahili.
‘This is not the first time Vodacom is supporting the growth of education in the country. In the past, Vodacom in partnership with Samsung donated learning materials for TEHAMA to five secondary schools in Dar es Salaam where over 4,000 students benefited with the donation,’ added Mworia.