Walter Sisulu University alumni, Silindile Ngwane and Simamkele Ndabeni have developed an educational application called Sesyme that could save students thousands of rands in textbook costs.
The duo launched the two-months-old co-learning mobile application at WSU’s Mthatha campus on 25 August 2019.
Silindile said the struggle of not having enough money to buy books compelled them to innovate an app that will be a solution to financially disadvantaged students.
“Being recent WSU graduates ourselves, these are one of the few things we had difficulties dealing with – the lack of socially shared knowledge between students, graduates and lecturers,” said Silindile.
They said they believe the app will significantly help to decentralize knowledge and improve students’ learning experience.
Silindile said Sesyme will enable students from different institutions of higher learning to interchange knowledge.
“The app enables students to create study groups, upload and download study materials,” he added.
He guaranteed that the users’ information is protected and users should adhere to the guidelines of the App.
“We do have a way of preventing cyber-bullying, we have options where users can report anything that they find offensive. We do not condone plagiarism; any user that has been found plagiarising will have disciplinary actions taken against them,” assured Silindile.
Silindile said the app is a tip of the iceberg; as they will produce more technological products that will be responsive to societal needs as the Fourth Industrial Revolution kicks in.
“Our goal is to create as many technological products as possible; the app is just the beginning. We want to make Africa a technological powerhouse,” he said.
Their company, Open Seysme has recently been selected by the French South African Tech (FSAT) Labs for incubation. FSAT labs is a new service for upcoming entrepreneurs who desire to become powerful change-makers. The Cape Town-based incubation started on 09 September 2019 and will end on 09 February 2020