SCN to link Nigerian students via android phones

Students Circle Network (SCN), a global social network for College and High School students, has partnered with the Encipher Group Nigeria to make educational resources accessible to students in Nigeria via the android phones.

Following the partnership, Encipher Group, a Nigeria based IT product and service delivery company, will install SCN’s android application on the INYE tablet, dubbed the Nigerian tablet, to allow Nigerian students to form study groups, interact and communicate freely.

The students will also access over 10000 full course, tutorial and project resources indexed from over 200 universities across the globe.

Following the move, SCN seeks to launch a major e-learning campaign among African Colleges and Universities to adopt the thousands of indexed education materials. The institutions will contribute their resources through an SCN platform called Open SCN.

SCN has since its inception in 2010 allowed students to communicate and interact freely. It currently offers over 10,400 courses from over 200 member universities to any student across the globe in several disciplines including Business, Computing, Engineering, Sciences and Humanities free of charge.

The student social network hopes to be the most popular educational resource in every classroom not only in Nigeria but also across Africa, according to Gossy.

Boasting of a wide network of students, teachers and researchers from over 120 countries, the student social network is growing rapidly. At present, it has netted an estimated 2 million hits since its launch in 2010.

“Our average, demography of users are between the ages of 22 – 26 in about 23 African countries with Nigeria, Uganda topping the list spending 15 minute per session,” SCN founder Gossy Ukanwokwe told HumanIPO.

Growth in use of mobile and tablet devices among Nigerian Internet users has increased access to online educational resources. With a population of 158.3 million as of 2010, Nigeria is home to most Internet users in Africa at 53.4 million. Majority of the Nigerians use Internet-enabled phones or Internet cafes to access Internet.

SCN is in addition working on ensuring heavy mobile delivery in other African countries aside from Nigeria. Currently, any student from any part of the world can use SCN freely via the Internet.

Other than SCN, students worldwide have been using social networking sites including Twitter, Classroom 2.0 and Facebook, to interact.

Encipher Group’s products include the 7 inch INYE tablet that runs the Android 2.1 and INYE 2 that uses the Android 2.2 upgradeable to Android 2.3.

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