Zimbabwean High School Students Build School Messenger App

Girls that are aged from 10 to 18 are given a special training to solve problems that are in their communities by the use of modern technology each and every year. After the training, these girls develop mobile apps and startups successfully to solve problems relating to some challenges. The Technology Innovation Challenge is a program that has been running for nine (9) years across over 100 countries.

After the training session, these girls are then grouped into various teams to come up with a strategic business plan, create and develop a mobile app, launch the app and pitch the business to panel of judges. During this special technology innovation challenge, a 15-year old Felistas Zvavamwe including four other girls from Cowdray Park High School in Bulawayo formed a solid team to participate in the challenge.

Felistas Zvavamwe noted that students failed to pass relevant information from school across to their parents. Letters from school to parents either get trashed or remain in student’s school bags. During PTA meetings, this act of negligence often results in disputes between parents and teachers.

These girls then applied for the Technology Innovation Challenge to proffer solutions to the challenge the school faces. At the end of the program, a Messenger app was successfully developed that helps connect parents to teachers. This is the channel that will help parents keep track of the pupil’s activities and stay updated to administrative activities at the school.

The Messenger app features tools and notification as channels of communication. It combines school notification, mobile apps and web content management in an easy-to-use platform that helps parents know the updates taking over at the school.

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