- Two young men have developed a device that could assist education during lockdown
- Shermar Stuart and Andile Mchunu's invention helps pupils get access to information without data
- The learners can stream content for free to help them learn during the pandemic
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South Africa really has bright young minds just waiting for an opportunity to shine. Two young men decided to do something to help matric learners during the coronavirus pandemic.
Shermar Stuart, 23, and his 22-year-old partner, Andile Mchunu, designed a device that allows data-free streaming.
Talking to Briefly.co.za, Stuart explained:
"In light of the Global Covid-19 pandemic we have decided to make use of our technology as a relief effort for the education system by allowing matric students to have free access to educational and revision content in this crucial build-up to matric finals."
Stuart added that they have launched a pilot programme at the Bechet High School in Sydenham, Durban.
He revealed Bechet High School is his former school and they have already started installation - which will be completed in the coming months.
"Once we have completed our pilot with this first school we intend to provide the solution to more schools, especially disadvantaged schools and learners."
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Stuart added that learners need electronic devices - such as phones, laptops, tablets or computers. With their device, pupils won't need access to the internet, data or even a sim card.
The 23-year-old entrepreneur said:
"This makes our solution extremely practical, cost-effective and useful. It is completely off-grid and as such we are able to implement it even in rural and completely disconnected schools where we understand that internet connection, let alone money for data, is a huge obstacle."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported the decision to alter the number of grades allowed to return to school has put Minister Angie Motshekga in the spotlight once more.
With Covid-19 infections jumping by thousands on a daily basis, parents and citizens alike are concerned. The decision to allow Grade R students to return seems to be a major bone of contention for many.
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