Providing free access to digital educational content for millions of young people
Globally, there are 263 million primary and secondary-aged children and youth currently out of school, with many more without access to a quality education. 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.
For Vodafone customers in participating markets to have free access to online learning materials
Content formats include interactive textbooks, exercises and videos. A key feature of Instant Schools is that the platform is designed to host both global and local content. Global content is provided by leading providers of open source educational resources, such as Khan Academy. Local content is country-specific, including digital textbooks and exam papers. This means market-specific versions of the platforms are available for customers.
It is a long-term cumulative programme which will be expanded over time, including Vodafone and Learning Equality encouraging other major mobile operators to adopt a similar, non-commercial approach.
Ultimately the initiative will provide millions of young people with free access to online learning materials
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.
If you are interested in find out more on the work of our partner – Learning Equality – please click here.
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.
‘Connected Education’, Vodafone Foundation, 2017Size: 4 MB Download