Providing free access to digital educational content for millions of young people in Africa

Overview

The Instant Schools for Africa initiative will launch in 2017, providing millions of young people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania with free access to online learning materials developed in conjunction with Learning Equality- a leading not-for-profit provider of open-source educational technology solutions- and with educational partners, ministries of education and local education experts in each country.

 

Increasing ability to use technologies inside and outside the classroom

Helping children not in traditional schooling as service available on basic mobiles for free

Supporting government strategies to increase literacy and numeracy skills

The issue

UNESCO research found that 59 million children aged 6 to 11 were out of school in 2013, with 30 million of those children living in Sub-Saharan Africa

59 million

Children aged 6 to 11 were out of school in 2013

Our aim

For Vodafone customers in participating markets to have free access to online learning materials developed in conjunction with Learning Equality - a leading not-for-profit provider of open-source educational technology solutions - and with education partners, ministries of education and local education experts in each country.

It is a long-term cumulative programme. Reach, scale and relevance will be increased over time, including Vodafone encouraging other major mobile operators in the countries involved to adopt a similar, non-commercial approach.

Current participating markets are South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania.

Ultimately, the initiative will provide millions of young people in Vodafone African markets with free access to online learning materials.



What we are doing to achieve our goal

Learners / teachers who are customers of Vodafone or its African subsidiaries will not incur any mobile data charges when accessing Instant Schools for Africa. They will simply need a data connection to the Vodafone network.

Drawing on a combination of the best openly licensed global and local educational resources to provide country-specific content.

Optimising educational content for simple, low-cost mobile devices with basic data connectivity (3G) and areas of low coverage/capacity.

Providing other mobile operators with the technical specifications required to extend the benefits of this philanthropic programme to the largest possible number of beneficiaries.

Partners

 

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