Equitel subscribers to access Wings to Fly learning programme as bank branches further into education sector

Mobile subscribers using Equitel, Equity Bank’s mobile banking service, will now have access to supplementary digital learning resources pegged under the ‘Wings to Fly Scholarship programme.’

Equity Group Foundation’s 2014 Impact Report states that one of its goals and objectives for 2015 and 2016 was to roll out the program dubbed, Wings to Fly Learning, (originally developed to offer digital learning and teaching aids) to over 10,000 scholars under the Wings to Fly Project. However, Equity Group Foundation now says anyone with an Equitel SIM card can easily access the service.

The resources are available to parents, students or teachers.

“We are even going beyond banking on mobile phones. We have now put the education curriculum of the Kenyan primary and secondary schools on the SIM card, where every child will have free access to textbooks and the curriculum. Digitization and virtualization are the greatest disruptions the bank will ever go through in our lifetime,” Equity Bank CEO and MD, Dr. James Mwangi said in regard to the move.

Dr. Mwangi added that he sees sustainability becoming much easier because it is now platform driven.

The programme was developed as a supplementary to the scholars’ schooling – a resource that they can use after school or during the holidays to help them improve their academic performance through revision and other curriculum support.

The program has gained popularity, especially over the holidays, when learners are taking time to revise and stay abreast of their studies. The resource has seen an increase in the learners’ confidence. They’re also saying that they enjoy learning because young people love mobile phones as a communication and entertainment medium. This, EGF believes will also lead to an increase in academic performance.

Currently, the Wings to Fly Learning programme has distributed learning content in USBs to over 9,000 scholars and over 9,009 career books were distributed to scholars to further guide them on career choices.

The latest data released by Equity Group indicates that Equitel has over 2.3 Million subscribers with transactions hitting Kshs 138.5 billion for the three months to June 2016.

The service’s success has been largely pegged on the fact that sending money to other Equitel members is free as well as the fact that someone using the platform can send money to other mobile money networks at lower fees than competition.

The free Wings to Fly learning programme on Equitel now has the opportunity to propel further the growth of Equitel as it enables learners and teachers, even in the most remote areas, obtain learning and teaching materials.

The Wings to Fly Learning is part of Equity World, which currently offers financial literacy, health and learning content via SMS/USSD on the Equitel platform free of charge. Subscribers can access the Wings to Fly Learning resources under My Life menu on their Equitel lines. Equitel SIM cards (Normal, Nano, Micro and Thin SIM) are available for free in all Equity Bank branches and selected agents across the country.

Some of the resources available include KCSE revision papers and their answers.


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