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Free eLearning platform launched for all African countries

A German-backed free e-Learning platform called Atingi was recently launched in order to (among other things) fill the gap created by COVID-19. The pandemic left school kids on the continent without access to education and so Atingi is now available in 54 countries across the continent. Atingi particularly focuses on reaching marginalised populations that previously […]


Dandemutande offering eLearning software for schools and universities

By now, we all know that COVID-19 adversely affected learning at all levels of education. Locally, children have been unable to physically attend school for over half a year now and a number of schools have resorted to eLearning. Dandemutande saw the need for a learning platform and built the Learning Management System they are […]


Econet said they weren’t suspending eLearning bundles. Schools are being told the opposite

Earlier this week we noted that there was some confusion surrounding the eLearning bundle. A school authority we spoke to mentioned that an Econet employee who was handling their purchase of the bundles informed them that the eLearning bundle was being suspended. We reached out to Econet PR to understand if this was official and […]


Digital Marketing School in Zimbabwe gets accreditation from UK organisation

Afrodigital, a local digital marketing school has received accreditation from CPD (Continuing Professional Development). The CPD accreditation adds a layer of recognition to Afrodigital’s Pan-Degree in Digital Marketing. We got in touch with Afrodigital’s Founder Trust Nhokovedzo (has over 12 years of experience in training and implementing digital marketing in the UK, US, Switzerland, South […]


Is Econet discontinuing eLearning bundles on the 1st of September?

We have it on good authority that Econet might stop offering eLearning bundles from the beginning of September. The cheaper bundles were extremely useful to schools who were able to buy cheaper data for students to conduct lessons online during the pandemic. What’s the official position? Well, we reached out to Econet representatives to get […]


UNICEF Zim announces initiative to increase connectivity in local schools

UNICEF Zimbabwe and GIGA are partnering to improve internet connectivity within Zimbabwean schools. The right to education is fundamental for #ForEverychild. Through an exciting new initiative – GIGA, Zimbabwe will greatly improve the connectivity and access to education for the most disadvantaged youth. Learn more👉: https://t.co/akEQZkKovX pic.twitter.com/kThBRBffzc — UNICEF ZIMBABWE (@UNICEFZIMBABWE) August 27, 2020 Giga […]


Have a child in primary school? Help some education innovators understand what matters to you

The issue of the need to transform the delivery of education has been topical for a very long time. Not much has actually changed all this time while this has been a conversation though. Possibly change seemed to be too intimidating and complex. The silver lining to COVID 19 could be that we can re-imagine […]


Ministry of Education launches digital library with free books

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) has launched an application/website hosting hundreds of free books and comics. The site will no doubt help hundreds of children with access to reading materials at no cost. MoPSEs library is based on Odilo which allows organisations to create libraries from over 3 million pieces of content. […]


Malawi President holds talks with Masiyiwa over provision of cheap internet

Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera recently confirmed that he held talks with Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa regarding how the Malawian populace can get access to cheap internet. I engaged Strive Masiyiwa of Econet Global about my resolve to see Malawi connected to the network of fiber technology by which other African countries are interconnected via […]


TelOne launches Impact Learning – an eLearning platform

TelOne earlier today launched Impact Learning – an eLearning platform that was in the work before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. According to TelOne’s Managing Director Chipo Mtasa the platform was being built with TelOne Centre for Learning (TCFL) in mind and the students at this institutions were already making use of the platform. Mtasa says […]


This African startup school is offering a free course to help entrepreneurs start their business

StartupCircles.AI is an online accelerator and startup school targeting entrepreneurs with the following problems; You feel it’s time to start your own business but you don’t know where to begin; You want to pitch investors and are not sure how to go about it; You’ve spent a lot of money and time on a solution […]


Face to face lectures suspended in all colleges due to increasing COVID-19 cases

With the increasing number of coronavirus cases, the Permanent Secretary for Higher and Tertiary Education Professor Fanuel Tagwira has called for the suspension of all face to face lectures in colleges and polyclinics. RE: SUSPENSION OF FACE-TO-FACE LECTURES ON CAMPUS IN ALL TERTIARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS It is now observed that Covid-19 cases are escalating daily […]


Fraudsters selling Econet eLearning bundles & not delivering data

eLearning bundles seem to be the only viable option for most learning institutions looking to adopt remote learning. Because the way these bundles are purchased has so much human interaction involved this has opened the door for fraudsters who are now selling eLearning bundles. Well, selling is a stretch. They are taking people’s money and […]


Techzim bot now has educational content! Here’s how you can start learning on WhatsApp

COVID-19 presented a special challenge for workers and learners. These two groups which a majority of the population fall into had to figure out how to continue learning/working without physically going to a place. As expected the transition hasn’t been smooth, especially in Zimbabwe where the cost of our data and access to the resources […]


Should we all learn to code?

The late great Steve Jobs once said that we should all learn to code. He even went as far as saying computer programming should be a part of our educational curriculum. I will present a counter-argument, “Everyone gets sick, so we should teach basic medicine at primary level.” We can see how this quickly becomes […]


Govt Pushing Forward With eLearning Plans Announcing Radio & TV Lessons

For over a month now, government officials have been harping on about how educational institutions need to embrace eLearning and the criticism fired back at them is whether they have incapacitated schools to conduct learning using these methods. The government has finally taken a step towards addressing the issue of access – announcing that radio […]


Telecel Now Offering Funda eLearning Bundles

Mobile network operators have been scrumbling over each other to get their eLearning packages out the door and following Econet and NetOne’s announcements, Telecel was the remaining provider not offering a bundle but they’ve also righted their wrong. Telecel’s eLearning package named Funda will not only offer students data but also talk-time making it the […]


UPDATE: ZIMSEC’s RESPONSE

I’d like to thank Nicky Dhlamini for her time in answering some concerns I, and I am sure parents and guardians have. I’m sure this doesn’t cover everything and the ZIMSEC website should have more information and contact details. What does this release mean for Schools, Students and Parents? “The press statement was prompted by […]


Zimsec June Provisional Exam Dates Released. November Registration Extended

Last night the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) released the provisional dates for June examinations and extended have the registration period for November examinations. The dates they set on their press release are as follows: ” Ordinary Level – Tuesday 30 June to Monday 20 July 2020 Advanced level – Tuesday 30 June to Thursday […]


NetOne Introduces e-Learning Bundles – Cheaper Than Econet?

Last week we wrote a speculative article on whether NetOne was working on eLearning bundles that would be launched soon. Well the bundles have been launched but some of the speculation that we were led to believe didn’t come to fruition. The bundle itself will have 3 tiers, Regular, Heavy, Extreme and they’ll be structured […]


Coding Tutorials, But In Shona? Check Out This YouTube Channel

Free educational material is something we are excited about here at Techzim. Those who would have failed to access certain knowledge/skills because of a lack of funds can do so. We are also doubly excited when that content is packaged in vernacular as is the case with Digital Hundred – a YouTube channel created by […]


FINSEC & HIT Join Forces To Improve Awareness On How Companies Can Raise Capital

The Financial Securities Exchange (FINSEC) and the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) signed a memorandum of understanding earlier today. The agreement between the two institutions is meant “to develop and expand a framework of cooperation between HIT and FINSEC to develop mutually beneficial projects and activities aimed at raising public awareness of the availability of […]


NetOne Working On Its Own eLearning Bundles

NetOne is reportedly partnering with TelOne and UNESCO to create an eLearning bundle that improves access to remote learning at a time when the cost of data has been one of the biggest hindrances to students trying to learn virtually. The new bundle will reportedly be slightly cheaper than what Econet is offering for eLeaning […]


Cassava Launches Akello Digital Classroom With Free Education Content For 1st Month

Diversified digital services group Cassava Smartech has launched Akello Digital Classroom, a platform that offers local students, from Primary level to High School, access to online Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) curriculum lessons for all subjects. Cassava Smartech announced that all interested Zimbabwean students will have free access to live online lessons for the next […]


National Students Union Files Urgent Chamber Application Challenging eLearning

Zimbabwe National Sudents Union (ZINASU) has filed an urgent chamber application contesting the introduction of eLearning. The urgent application cites MSU students and Prof Amon Murwira as respondents. In MSUs case, ZINASU says the university made the decision to adopt eLearning without consulting “relevant stakeholders”. By doing so, many students will see their right to […]


Uni of Stellenbosch To Launch New Remote Learning Programmes Locally

Management Training Bureau and the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (USB-ED) are launching a remote learning platform later this morning. Professor Amon Murwira – Minister of Higher & Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science & Technology Development- and the parties mentioned above will host a webinar to announce the launch of this platform. The Minister […]


DStv Partners With Udemy To Offer Online Courses At No Cost In The DStv App

Multichoice has announced that SA subscribers will be getting a special bonus as part of their subscription from May until the end of July. The broadcasting company announced that they are partnering with Massive Open Online Course platform Udemy to offer premium subscribers access to 600 courses within the DStv app. As South Africans continue […]


Google Now Offering Grow With Google OnAir Online Workshops For Free

If you have never heard about the Grow With Google OnAir program grab your popcorn and a drink and let’s go for a little ride. The initiative sees Google partnering with schools, libraries and other institutions (7000 at the time of writing) to provide workshops for people looking to get to grips with digital literacy. […]


[Update] Innovators With eLearning Solutions, Apply For The Design4Zim Challenge

Impact Hub together with ACT in Africa, Stimulus and TechVillage have announced the 3rd challenge in the Design4Zim competition. The challenge is titled “How might we improve access to education for primary and secondary students in the rural areas during pandemics?“ Prior to the educational challenge, there have been two other challenges; How might we […]


Econet Introduces A Cheaper e-Learning Bundle, Schools Buy It For Students & Teachers

Econet is nobody’s friend right now after the more than tippling in the prices of some of their internet access bundles. The MNO is hoping to warm up to schools and learners across the country with a new bundle tailored for the current reality of students learning from home. Here are the bundle options: The […]