Rwanda: ‘Smart Rwanda’ Starts ‘Smart Parent’ in Uganda

The New Times Kigali Sharon Kantengwa
Displayed with permission from allAfrica.com

Smart Initiative Rwanda, last week, signed partnership with a Ugandan-based software company, Moquid, to begin operations in Uganda using the ‘Smart Parent’ app.

Smart Parent is a tracking and monitoring software that provides daily short text messages (SMS) alerts to parents on the status of their children at school that helps parents and schools to provide the best study environment for children.

It offers ICT and internet solutions to enable schools, and particularly teachers, to track and monitor students’ behaviour, hygiene, health status, classroom attendance and discipline on a daily basis and send the report immediately to parents’ mobile phones.

Bienfait Bitenyo, director of Moquid, a company specialised in software development, said the application was a leap in the right direction for the country’s education system and will benefit the parents, teachers and students.

« I see this product working better in Uganda because of proximity whereby schools tend to be far yet parents need to have that timely information. Also, parents tend to send their children to boarding schools at a very young age in Uganda and I believe that the application will help in bridging the gap between the visiting days on Sundays to everyday, » he said.

According to Bitenyo, Moquid is in preparations to carry out a pilot phase in a number of schools that have already been identified and the initiative has already requested for the support of the First Lady of Uganda, who is also the minister of education.

« It is also advocating for one laptop per class and we are looking forward to partners coming on board who will support us in achieving this. Uganda, being multilingual country, the initiative seeks to ensure that parents are communicated to in the languages that they understand, » he said.

Olivier Karasira, the Smart Initiative chief executive, said the implementation of the initiative is in line with their objective of covering Africa in three years.

« We want to speed up the process in meeting our target, and hope to cover Kenya in three weeks time and South Sudan in five weeks. Luckily for us, Moquid has its operations in more than five countries in Africa, which will make implementation easy for us, » he said.

The initiative ensures that teachers generate reports for all students for a requested period, generate a report per category and per student for a requested period, and compile all reports and send them mobile on daily, weekly and monthly basis.

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