Pan-African banking group Ecobank have announced its collaboration with internet giants Google and partner networks that will see the financial institute fronting a new literacy app that will aid home teaching that children have had to do since the coronavirus outbreak which has seen schools up and down the country having to be closed down in recent weeks.

The app, in the Google Play Store will support the education programme set-up or home-stay children throughout Africa during the coronavirus pandemic.

As social distancing and other restrictions take their hold and parents are looking for ways to keep their children educationally challenged, as part of children’s learning programme, Ecobank is supporting the free educational app, with Google Play Store also having special apps in local languages.

Nana Abban, Head Group Consumer Banking Ecobank said: “We believe that children are Africa’s future and during these unprecedented times, it’s more important than ever that parents use technology to help their children to learn and improve their knowledge.

“As Ecobank remains committed to closing the literacy and digital skills gap in Africa, it is ensuring that the education of the continent’s future leaders does not suffer as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic”.

She added: “Countries across Africa have historically had limited access to educational platforms. So, we are expanding our distribution network to make access to education as easy as the tap of an app.

“This will keep children educated and enlightened at the same time while keeping them safe online”.