How technology is
She wants to be a
During the holidays, she works at a local tailor shop to learn to sew and design.
She is a talented writer, and her teachers say she has a way with words that fascinates them.
In her spare time,
she tutors her fellow students.
She studies at the M-PESA Foundation Academy, a Kenyan boarding school serving students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
The school is supported by the M-PESA Foundation, an independent charitable trust funded by proceeds from M-PESA (Vodafone and Safaricom’s mobile money platform in Africa).
One of the Academy's core values is
The teachers who work there help students use technology to create opportunities for positive change in their communities.
Here's what that looks like in practice
She and her friends developed
a card and app that allows parents and students to keep track of their pocket money.
Allan Grey Entrepreneurship Challenge.
In 2020 they took part in the
won first place
in the girls' category in Kenya.
Trace uses her talents to help transform her community.
She visits primary schools during the holidays to talk to the students and inspire them.
M-PESA Foundation Academy:
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Now let us take you across the world...
to Ireland, where where Vodafone has been helping students and teachers
during the pandemic.
Photographer, creative director and cultural commentator
met the students of St Mary's School,
Baldoyle, Dublin, to discover how they have used technology to stay connected during the pandemic.
It really made you feel like you were carrying your friends everywhere – just in a rectangle in your hand. It gave me a sense of safety.
Watch Elizabeth's full interview here >
Technology opens up so many possibilities for students who don't have material support. If they have access to a tablet and a connection, they can have as many opportunities as a student with all the advantages in the world.
Watch Kate's full interview here >
commitment to education
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Many others do not have access to online learning - either because digital educational resources are unavailable, or because they do not have the connectivity or devices needed to use them.
around the world are not in school.
Covid-19 made this problem worse, disrupting education for 1.6bn learners across 190 countries.
94% of the world’s student population was impacted – or up to 99% in low- and middle-income countries.
In the last year, Vodafone enabled free access to digital education for
Here are some of the ways we’re using technology to improve access to education and digital skills training across Europe and Africa.
and donated more than
Instant Network Schools was set up by Vodafone Foundation and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to improve the quality of education in some of the most marginalised communities in Africa.
The programme has given over
access to digital learning opportunities.
We’re working in partnership with UNHCR to connect
refugee students and their communities to a quality
digital education by 2025.
is a Vodafone Business Ventures solution providing schools with the secure connectivity, devices and content they need to create a ready-made digital classroom.
The technology is currently being used by around 1.5 million students and teachers across more than 3,700 schools in Europe and Africa.
It means that no child is left behind, and children can continue their learning journey from home.
Acting Headteacher, Bridge of Allan Secondary School
is a programme Vodafone Foundation created in partnership with communities, educators, NGOs and governments. It runs tailored education programmes in 14 European countries.
It helps anyone build their digital capabilities, know-how and confidence, regardless of their age, background or where they call home.
Can you code
like a girl?
On average, just
of ICT specialists across Europe are female. Closing the gender skills gap starts with education.
Vodafone’s #CodeLikeAGirl programme offers free, four-day coding workshops for girls aged 14-18 across our markets in Europe and Africa.
Introduced in 2017, the programme has reached more than 2,500 girls across 17 countries so far.
Code Like A Girl helped build my confidence and give me a greater insight into what I want to achieve after my A-Levels.
- Abby Beamish
Learn more about Vodafone's commitment to enabling access to digital education here >