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Working with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency to bring digital education to refugee communities.

Every child has the right
to a quality education.

Instant Network Schools was set up in 2013 by Vodafone Foundation and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to give young refugees, host communities and their teachers access to digital learning content and the internet, improving the quality of education in some of the most marginalised communities in Africa.

There are 36 Instant Network Schools currently operating across eight refugee camps in Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

The UN Refugee Agency

To date, the programme has benefited over 86,500 students and 1,000 teachers ensuring that refugees and children from the communities that host them have access to accredited, quality, and relevant learning opportunities.

36 Instant Network Schools in 
6 African countries

86,000+ refugee students accessing education

1,000+ teachers supported

Aiming to reach more

We’re working in partnership with UNHCR to connect 500,000 refugee students and their communities to a quality digital education by 2025.

Mo Salah, Global Ambassador

“Instant Network Schools is an important initiative that I am proud to represent which is transforming learning for a generation of young people across sub-Saharan Africa and soon also in my home country, Egypt.”

In 2020 footballer Mohamed Salah became a Global Ambassador for Instant Network Schools, as the programme prepares to expand into his home country of Egypt for the first time. 

In this role he helps to raise awareness of the need and importance of quality education for refugee children, and for more investment in digital technology that provides a connection to the outside world and gives students a chance to shape their own futures.


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