More than 80 per cent of schools in the English-speaking North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon are closed, as the security situation and living conditions continue to deteriorate due to the three-year conflict between the Government and armed groups, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, reported on Friday, 21 June 2019.
This among other reasons provoked a young Cameroonian Technology Entrepreneur- Francis FON TEBOH to create a solution to keep learning on-going with an innovative app called “SIMS®” that works even without internet access and or smart phones. Inspired by the challenges he faced decades ago and also by the on-going crisis, he dropped out of school to create a company that created an app that is making others now learn anywhere anytime now.
Just like an Antivirus, the Cross platform application SIMS® will work almost free of charge and internet conenctivity taking into consideration the socio-economic situation of pupils and students in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon which is the app’s sample case of implementation.
An innovative cross-platform app for students, teachers & school administrators which helps to identify, create and connect all learners with the resources and tools needed to reach their full education, career & business potential even without Internet or Smart Phones in conflict & crisis areas across the worldA cross-platform app for students, teachers & school administrators which helps to identify, create and connect all learners with the resources and tools needed to reach their full education, career & business potential even without Internet or Smart Phones in conflict & crisis areas across the world
The Anglophone crisis that started in October 2016 has made thousands of pupils and students school dropouts, thousands of administrators jobless and thousands of Youths idling and indulging into preventive vices . The UN Recently reported, over 80 percent of schools in these regions have been shot down….
SIMS® is capable of helping these actors learn, teach and take exams even from their bedroom simply with their smartphones or computers.
“The vision with SIMS® is for it to be the world’s largest learning platform designed to provide learners (students, business owners, etc.), educators and administrators with a single robust, secured and integrated system to create personalized learning environments” says VTC’s CEO Francis Fon Teboh.
“My Head master use to tell me that learning never ends so why will the war in our regions end learning now?” asked the 30 year old engineer to a journalist on interview.
Education, access to quality education unleashes the potential in us to innovate the future of our continent and gives us the tools , ideas, knowledge, creativity, etc. required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.
“Education is the only tool to solving the puzzles of the Universe. Francis FON TEBOH- CEO of VTC.
According to VTC, their soon to be released Education digital system will be tackling problems such as:
- Lack of real time career orientation especially for university students in developing countries
- Inadequate rich-educational & customized learning resources in developing countries
- Lack of unique collaborative platform between learners of same educational institutions in or out of school for research & brainstorming
- Poor administration of schools by proprietors, administrators or managers
SIMS® is a community project and flagship product of VTC which recently won a 5000 USD seed funding from Tony Elumelu Foundation 2019 and Won West Africa Innovation Awards 2019; AWARD CATEGORY: Most Customers Focused Digital Marketing Company of the Year, ICT Leadership Category.
VTC now prides herself as one of TOP IT companies attracting multinationals as clients and has recently been nominated for best Tech companies in the AB Afrikpreneur Awards 2019
SIMS is set to be launched in September 2019 as parents prepare to send their children back to School. Meticulous Francis Fon believes that those in the English speaking regions who can no longer be able to sit in a formal classroom can still comfortably study at home and take exams if the Government, civil societies and International Donors fund the messiah project. More information on www.sims.cm