A Mobile Application to Improve Students’ livelihood

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A mobile application RADA, developed by the University of Nairobi in partnership with UNESCO will help improve student’s livelihood.

The app creates a safe space for students to share, seek counseling get professional information on STI’s , report and seek help while in an emergency and/or abusive situation, get career tips and discussion forums for the issues that the students are facing

The purpose of the applications is to help change the narrative especially for the students joining the University and it will help lower the percentages of students dropping out due to drug related issues, the app is also open in such a way that you can share with other people and you can reach a counselor. You can call for help when in an emergency because of the location feature in the app. it will also help many students especially first years’ to make informed decisions and help them not to act under pressure for fear of “fitting in” and being confident in who they are

This application was developed by 12 students cut across the different colleges undertaking different courses. They include Vincent Robin, 4th year, BA, Political Science, Musa Ibrahim, 3rd year, Microbiology and biotechnology, Dinah Ntinyari, 4th year, Bachelor of Education, Arts, English Literature, Simon Medan, 4th year, BSC Biology, Joseph King'ori Ndung'u, 3rd year, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and. Political Science, Kariuki Mbuthia,a 4th year, Bachelor of Science Biology, Diana Sarange, a 3rd year, Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology,  and Julius Kibagendi, 3rd year, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science among others.

Lisbeth Kageni, Programme Coordinator, (CHIVPR) said, the University approached UNESCO with a proposal on a solution of how to improve the students’ livelihood in the University. UNESCO did a one day workshop to establish the concerns and proposed a mobile app as an innovative way of mitigating the challenges. They also proposed working with students from all courses. They have trained and supported the students throughout the project

RADA App is openly licensed by the University of Nairobi. This means that any other institution can adopt it and customize it to their specific institution. Soon the app will be accessible through Google Playstore. Anyone can download the app but there are specific features that can only be accessed by a UoN student.

The app has emergency numbers/ hotline feature, a feature that helps a student locate the nearest ambulance and a hall’s officer.

The Mobile app that will be launched during the 5th Nairobi Innovation Week, June 13, 2019

 

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