Happy new year to our esteemed clients. We congratulate you for making it through 2016 despite the economic challenges. We believe 2017 will be a very prosperous year and a spectacular one. We have got big surprises for you this year. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for the trip.
Meanwhile, we have been very busy in the previous term (1st term, 2016/2017), all to ensure you run your schools smarter. Despite the recession, a lot of interesting things have happened which you will learn in the next sections.
FlexiSAF recently launched its payment platform, SAFPAY to help schools manage finances with greater ease. With an online payment option, the accounts department can become truly cashless, avoiding the security and accountability challenges of the traditional model of bookkeeping. Designed with schools owners and administrators in mind, SAFPAY presents detailed financial records in real time about transactions entering the school as income and leaving as expenditure. SAFPAY, used effectively has the ability to save your school money lost through transfers and bank charges. Has there ever been a better time to tighten your accounts?
We understand that effective communication with parents is a very important requirement for schools and SMS has proven to be reliable in that respect. SAFSMS has always simplified communication with parents via SMS. It enables schools to send customized messages about students’ academic performance, finance update/reminders and bulk SMS to all parents, a particular section or just a class.
In as much as SMS communication is simplified, you have always wanted an improved SMS feature that will enable you view status report of messages sent and also have control to manage your SMS credits.
To bridge the communication gap between schools and parents, SAFSMS has added a communications module so parents can be kept informed on the social and academic well-being of their wards. The SMS manager enhances cooperation between parents so they work with your school as partners that have a stake in the success of their wards by offering home work support and faster school fees payments. The platform may be used to send anything from disciplinary messages to clinics updates. Text messages may be blasted to the entire population of parents or filtered to groups of parents with wards belonging to a specific class. Staff may also benefit from the service as receivers of urgent information or unplanned changes in the calendar year.
In response to feedback from clients, the SAFSMS team added a new feature which allows teachers fill in subject scores offline, in the event of network or power failure. This is part of FlexiSAF’s pioneer initiative to keep things Simple, Affordable and Flexible for all our users. We understand the time constraints that exist for teachers and the responsibility of sending results home to parents on time. The offline score entry template is one of the commitments we’ve made to our users to empower them with the tools needed to produce the highest standards in education.In response to feedback from clients, the SAFSMS team added a new feature which allows teachers fill in subject scores offline, in the event of network or power failure. This is part of FlexiSAF’s pioneer initiative to keep things Simple, Affordable and Flexible for all our users. We understand the time constraints that exist for teachers and the responsibility of sending results home to parents on time. The offline score entry template is one of the commitments we’ve made to our users to empower them with the tools needed to produce the highest standards in education.
Due to the recession, many families might be having difficulty adjusting to the new realities of the current state of things. Surviving Tough Times is an insightful piece with advice for parents planning to withdrawing children from their current school in favour of a more affordable one and other available alternatives. A few factors to consider are:
- Accounting for minor costs that add up, such as transportation to & from school versus boarding school.
- Asking for the personal opinions of your wards.
- The School’s subscription to a School Management Software.
- Quality of school facilities compared to school fees. Other students enrolled into the school.
FlexiSAF in collaboration with the Cross River Ministry of Education organized a one day workshop detailing SAFSMS and the modern school. The event which was held in Calabar the Cross River capital on the 30th of November 2016. Launched by the Honorable commissioner of education Hon. Godwin Ettah, the workshop aimed at empowering educators from the public and private sectors by increasing service delivery of teachers using ICT. The event themed the "Connected Classroom (Educational Hardware Solutions, Implementation, and Options for Schools)" focused on new age solutions to the many local challenges experienced in Education.
Group : Devfest
The 26th of November was the date slated for the GDG event held annually across the world. The event organized by the search giant Google, brings together developers and other tech enthusiasts for a full day of knowledge and experience swapping. Our very own Abdul Aziz, software engineer at FlexiSAF Edusoft Limited gave a brief presentation titled “My journey towards becoming a software developer”. In his address he spoke about the challenges common to most developers starting out their journey to code and the likely roadblocks to be faced along the way.
He highlighted myths about developers popularized by the mainstream media and the misleading effect they have on aspiring developers. He discussed proper programming ethics, as well as living a healthy and productive life as a software programmer.
FlexiSAF organized a Spelling Bee Competition on the 24th September, 2016 at Asha International Model School, Kano to mark the the end of our annual #FlexiSAF Summer Boot Camp. The Spelling Bee was the First of its kind in Kano hosted by one of the best modern private schools. We’ve received positive reviews from parents and teachers for the planning and execution of the event and we are committed to making it an annual inter-school event that will involve the Government, Media and General Public.
Our first place winner was Hamidat Dalhat from Asha International school with Ra’is Salihu Tanko Yakasai from SunFlower Academy as First Runner-up.
The Summer Boot Camp is an initiative from FlexiSAF Edusoft Ltd, aimed at breeding future generations of computer programmers in our region, with the skills to survive in the competitive IT community today. The program is hosted during the Summer holidays, for children between the ages of 7 to 18, to teach them computer programming basics, such as: Web design, Animation, Android apps development and Simple Software development.
This year’s event took place at Asha International Model School, Farm Center, Behind Country Mall, Kano and lasted for a duration of 2 weeks. Some of our brightest stars include Ibrahim Nazir, an 11 year old from Anchor Science Academy who developed an Android App for his school and Majesty Peter who is fast on his way to becoming a professional game designer.
Download Ibrahim’s Android App here: http://goo.gl/fayzGo
View Majesty’s webpage here: http://kidcoders.ng/2016/majesty
To register your ward for the upcoming Summer program (September 2017) please proceed to: http://kidcoders.ng
FlexiSAF made a declaration of its intent to partner with the Women Founders Conference (WFC), an organization based in Kano on the 14th December, 2016 at Ado Bayero Mall, Kano State. The WFC was founded upon the principles of bringing together bright minds to deliver discussions that are idea motivated on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and to provoke conversations that matter among the female entrepreneurs in our environment. Some of the relevant topics of discussion are as follows:
- Leadership Skills
- Business development Skills
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Digital Marketing
All the progress we have made so far will never have been possible without your patronage and feedback. We believe there is a lot that needs to be done and with your support and input we are determined to positively impact education through the use of technology and produce competent graduates that will strive in the knowledge-based economy.
Please find time to fill our online feedback form at www.flexisaf.com/feedback to help us know your key priorities and challenges in order to address them accordingly.Thanks.