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Everything you need to know about Econet’s EcoSchool

Mbagaya Econet EcoSchool
Mbagaya Econet EcoSchool
Teresa Mbagaya – the head of EcoSchool

We just attended the official launch of Econet’s EcoSchool that we spoke about yesterday. This time it wasn’t just a pilot launch but the roll out of the service to the whole country.

Speaking at the launch the Head of Econet Services, Darlington Mandivenga mentioned that the EcoSchool product and service will be made available to all universities and all their faculties in Zimbabwe starting tomorrow.

EcoSchool has taken time to introduce changes based on observations, suggestions and recommendations from the pilot phase. Econet intends on introducing the EcoSchool product to primary and secondary school learners at a later stage.

There will be EcoSchool Kiosks and brand ambassadors stationed at each of these tertiary institutions. The device will also be available at every Econet store across the country.

The key address was made by the head of EcoSchool, Teresa Mbagaya, and she mentioned the additions that have been made to the EcoSchool service since the pilot. The key highlights from the launch and the new EcoSchool product include:

A core library (dubbed the EcoSchool eLibrary) with access to textbooks for various programs

Educational chat platform– this will allow social interaction between students on study material and content being accessed on EcoSchool

Econet Zero content (the service launched earlier this year with 65 free websites) has been incorporated into EcoSchool

The introduction of an Online Education Resource Centre – This allows users to check for faculty related resources on career development and study programs from global sources

The cost structure for the 7 inch tablet and the EcoSchool content has been laid out as follows

  • $6 per month for 24 months for a credit purchase of the device and its service
  • $2 per month to access the EcoSchool service (if you’re using your own device)
  • A cash price of $135 for a once off purchase of the device

Subscribers can get information on EcoSchool Product by dialing 118 or they can go to the EcoSchool website.

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18 thoughts on “Everything you need to know about Econet’s EcoSchool

  1. Can a Non University person buy this Ecoschool Tablet and use it for non academic purposes?

    1. You need a student ID number from one of the universities in Zimbabwe to get the device.

        1. Ko Ma High School Kids nema rova (vakapedza chikoro), who will cater for them? Remember we need to create the 2.2 million Youth Jobs!

      1. so will i be able to browse some non accademical sites with that when i finish my program will th tab not become useless without the use of the ecoschool websites…..

  2. I take Econet some new products with a pinch of salt. Soon the devices will run out or the various services will be dysfunctional while Econet rushes to launch a new ‘ducy’ other product

    1. Things are changing and Econet have to very innovative to adjust with the changing technological trend for them to continue making profits. Look at Telone and Zimpost if you want a case study on how lack of innovation can have to an organisation!

  3. can somebody explain to me why i should use EcoSchool if I already have access to Wikipedia, Google, Bing and other free resources that I can search on the internet??????

  4. want to buy one for my son at NUST are these Tablets now available at Econet Shops in Bulawayo

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