St. Henry’s College Kitovu College‘s project titled “VimboScholar” emerged as the Second Runners Up in the ICT Club Innovation after Tororo Girls’ School which took the Second position. The National School ICT Club Competition took place at the 7th National Conference on Communications 2022 (NCC2022), from June 21 to June 22, 2022 in a blended approach both physically at Makerere University and virtually via zoom and YouTube.
Students working on the project are Kevin Turyasingura, Evans Niwamanya, Augustine Katende, Allan Kisembo, and Joseph Juuko. Their Supporting Teacher is Mr. Vian Turinawe.
Overview: School going students face challenges in shopping and transport of items to school at the beginning of the term. Due to these challenges, they end up failing to buy some of the items in the shops. There is also damage and loss of property during transportation especially for those who use public means to travel to school. More so, students who buy many items find it tiring to carry the bulky items to school. For those that use public means, they are subjected to an unfair policy of luggage carried at owner’s risk and some have suffered the consequences.
The above problem is the reason as to why vimboscholar is existing. Vimboscholar therefore;
- Helps to buy items online using just an internet enabled device like a computer or a smart phone. By doing this, it saves both time and
resources parents would have used to do physical shopping.
- On top of this, one can also sell as a vendor hence creating employment opportunities to the school communities e.g., teachers and parents as delivery personnel and distributors of the items.
All in all, in line with shopping and transportation challenges, parents/ students will make shopping lists of items they need from our shopping system. The items can be scholastic materials or personal requirements plus food stuffs. On placing an order and actual payment, the items are procured and transported by our staff to the respective schools (the school whose address was entered).
All that the parent/student has to do is present a receipt processed from our system at the reception to get his/her package. The receipt shall be used as a verification of the (requirements) items.
Moses Wamanga is a Senior Education Specialist serving as a Team Lead at KAWA Uganda, an innovation and Edtech support organization that provides Professional Development services to enhance learning outcomes for educators and Learners around the country.