This means that parents fed-up with receiving mountains of paper-based communication can nominate any school to receive a pMailer account with 6 000 free email credits per month, forever. Prefix Technologies is also subsidising use of pMailer's SMS communication tool at a flat rate of 20c per SMS, no matter how many text messages are sent to parents.
The company's Tech for Schools campaign aims to contribute to positive social change by encouraging schools to use technology to be more efficient and environmentally-friendly.
"We all know that education is in crisis in this country and that our future depends on our ability to produce excellent school graduates. Prefix Technologies wants to make a contribution to this mighty task by providing bulk electronic communications technology to schools that have hitherto relied on paper-based communication with parents and learners. We need the help of this community to make sure we reach them all," says Walter Penfold, Managing Director of Prefix Technologies.
Penfold says its pMailer software can help schools cut costs by reducing the amount of paper and postage they use, while also lowering the administrative burden of communication.
More important, pMailer allows the school to target its communications accurately and easily, and one should not underestimate its ability to help build the supportive, involved parent community that all good schools need. "A tool like pMailer is useful for routine communications like timetables and updates, and it can be invaluable when the school has a crisis on its hands and needs to get information out to parents quickly. We're making a really effective business tool available to schools and I'm sure they will find many ways to use it," says Penfold.
"It's easy to get a school onto the Tech for Schools programme. First of all, decide on the school you would like to nominate and then log onto the pMailer site or our Facebook page
. There you will be able to fill in the details of the school that you want to benefit from this programme. We will then get in touch with the school, get them signed up to the programme and then provide the school with a pMailer account. The schools will also get free training," says Penfold. "Most important of all, spread the word and get your friends to nominate their old high schools, or the schools attended by their children. We all need to pull together to drive social change, one small action at a time," he concluded.
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