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Instant Schools

Connecting a generation of learners in sub-Saharan Africa to a free, quality digital learning experience.

Ensuring nobody gets left behind with their education.

Globally, there are 258 million primary and secondary-aged children and youth currently out of school, with many more without access to a quality education. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries. Girls in particular are at risk of being left behind. Technology has the power to democratise education, providing access to the best educators to those in the most remote or underprivileged communities.

Instant Schools hosts global and national content in local languages, providing tailored educational learning materials to millions of young people. Through this digital learning platform, we’re aiming for every Vodafone customer in participating markets to benefit through free access to an online education.

From interactive textbooks to online exercises and videos, Instant Schools is providing engaging and exciting content that ensures nobody is left behind with their education. Access is simple, all learners and teachers need is a data connection to the Vodafone network.

Increasing ability to use technologies inside and outside the classroom

1.7 million+ users of Instant Schools and e-school platforms

Supporting government strategies to increase literacy and numeracy skills

What we are doing to achieve our goal

1. Free service

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

2. Tailored educational content

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

3. Increased accessibility

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

4. Maximising impact

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

Learning Equality

If you are interested in find out more on the work of our partner – Learning Equality.

Learning equality

Read our Connected Education report

Technology has the power to democratise education, unlocking quality learning for those in the most remote or underprivileged communities. This report aims to inform stakeholders and policymakers about the successes, best practice and potential of connected learning initiatives that help to remove barriers to access.