The project is a digital business ecosystem that powers the EdTech infrastructure and education software development in Southern Africa.
It aims at solving challenges that have risen due to the lack of digital infrastructure and personnel with digital competencies, even more exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The developed information systems must help make life easier for end users. New systems must be seen as useful tools rather than an extra burden to carry,” Hon. Anna Nghipondoka, Minister of Basic Education, Arts and Culture emphasised.
In addition, she stressed the EdTech infrastructure’s importance during the pandemic, since stress levels and the mental load of individuals have increased.
Although there are a few relevant EdTech solutions across Southern Africa, such initiatives still remain isolated, decreasing the potential of consolidating success to regional levels.
“Innovation is the route to follow to address the social and economic issues of a given country, and we collectively need to develop a culture of innovation and creativity to challenge the ’business-as-usual’ mentality. This will enable us to introduce new or improved products or services, and processes and methods,” Bernice Ndungaua, Manager of Entrepreneurship and Incubation at NBII said.
Members of the project are in the process of planning to formally launch the digital platform, as well as to host capacity-building workshops for the various stakeholders in the education space locally and regionally.