George is a social entrepreneur and technology enthusiast. He is the founder and CEO of Smartcore, a social enterprise, and digital learning content development agency transforming the learning experience and improving the academic performance of 12Million East African secondary school learners through the creation and distribution of locally relevant, interactive digital learning content. George has 5 years of experience working with youth training & mentoring in IT, social entrepreneurship, design thinking, and personal branding. He has also worked with local and global youth organizations.
Hello, Isaac Jumba Thank you for taking the time to review our innovation. Majority of our current app users are secondary school students in urban and suburban areas, among which 57% are girls and 43% are boys. These are students who are most likely to have access to technological infrastructures such as access to smartphones and the internet. Regarding current partnerships, we already secured several partners who we are currently working with and some of them we have been working with for a while. I will mention some of the key partners who are directly working with us in innovating as part of COVID-19 response; 1. The University of Dodoma - This is the ready existing 2 years partnership with the largest university in Tanzania, where we get support in terms of access to research facilities, educational experties and state of the art multimedia content production resources (studio & equipment). In the meantime, we use the resources available to support teachers and instructors in digitising their content. 2. Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) Tanzania, with a pipeline of more than 300 secondary schools across the country with hundreds of thousands of students directly managed by them, CSSC is a strategic partner we are working with to ensure we help these students get access to relevant and interactive content while helping teachers maintain students engagement and keeping students motivated. 3. Digital Opportunity Trust, A Canadian based youth organization supporting us to raise awareness of Kisomo projects both in the local and international audience and connecting us to learning and partnership opportunities. 4. Anza Bussiness Accelerator, Support in business development, partnership formulation and fundraising Also, we are looking forward to working with the largest telecom company in the country Vodacom Tanzania, through their flagship program called Vodacom Digital Accelerator which will be launched soon among other partners. We always believe in growth and scaling through partnerships, which also help us to achieve maximum impact on our targeted user's group. Hope this clarifies a bit about your questions. Best Regards George