The outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic has within a reasonably short period of time changed the operating system of the entire world with up to 190 countries currently experiencing cases of the virus. Applying the social distancing policy, businesses, churches and even schools have been shut down all around the world in an attempt to reduce and control the spread of the now famous COVID-19. Leaving over half a billion learners out of school for the first time ever.
With education known to be the backbone of every society, governments in all affected countries, Cameroon notwithstanding, are coming up with measures to ensure the continuity of education in the present crisis time. Cameroon government on Thursday, March 27th 2020 to release 13 measures to help fight the COVID-19, with one of these measures being the promotion of the use of Education Technology as a means of education during this period. This being remarkably the very first time the Cameroon Government openly encourages the use of e-learning.
The only learning method which has so far proven itself stable and effective, by countries already applying it with the help of newly developed tech learning platforms.
Visionary Technologies Company (VTC) relaunches its innovative solution called SIMS® (Scholar Information Management System) a learning and school management app designed to provide learners , educators and administrators with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised & remote learning accessible 24/7 anytime anywhere.
Inspired by the challenges he faced while in school in Cameroon a decade ago, SIMS was conceived with an objective to combine a multitude of solutions to tackle the problems facing the education system in Africa.
The app currently comprises two major features with dozens of functionalities in each:
SIMS® simulates a real-world class room, where students can login and get classes and lectures and teachers will upload videos and lectures so that students in every classes can study and be promoted to the next class just like what you will get in a normal classroom scenario
- The SIMS® Learner, which simulates the traditional classroom with features built to enable the same teacher-student exchange a real-world classroom offers. Where learner’s login and get access to lectures through videos and notes uploaded by teachers, get evaluated and promoted to the next class. Providing school programmes in rich content, a built-in networking for teacher-student interactions, file sharing and assignment grading, with a live chat room.
- The SIMS® Manager on its part is a secure efficient management portal for schools to manage invoices and auto reconcile fees payment, with other operations like timetables and report card generations, fees collection, a database of all teachers and students, also including communication facilities.
Currently used by a few schools, The App so far has already been tested and is currently being used by two schools with proof of efficiency.
The first version of the learning platform SIMS® was launched in 2017 in an effort to lend an intervening arm in the education problem caused by the Anglophone crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions but had to be put on hold at the time, due to insufficient funding and the lack of qualified human resource which unfortunately is still the case at the moment.
SIMS's value proposition is "Delivering Uninterrupted access to quality education even in Emergency situations"
Among other uniqueness , SIMS Learner is an app that learns every learner as the learner learns.
SIMS project is going to improve education for learners, to support and develop teachers and also collect the definitive data set on education in Africa for better policies.
It is to be noted that the SIMS® project is community project and flagship product of VTC which recently won a 5000 USD in seed funding from Tony Elumelu Foundation 2019 and also won West Africa’s Innovation Awards 2019; AWARD CATEGORY: Most Customer-Focused Digital Marketing Company of the Year, ICT Leadership Category.
VTC’s urge to play a vital role in sustaining the Nation as we fight the Coronavirus pandemic is there-for open for every interested party, be it volunteers, angel investors or goodwill ambassadors to join the already existing team who are doing everything possible to not only beat the current crisis by bringing education beyond walls through SIMS®, but also contribute in achieving United Nation’s SDG4 (Sustainable Development Goal four): Quality Education, not only for Cameroon but Africa and beyond.
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