The Vodafone Foundation has announced that its ongoing education programmes in sub-Saharan Africa will expand to benefit more than five million children who are marginalized and excluded from traditional education.
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Vodafone’s charitable arm is launching Instant Schools For Africa across the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania to provide free access to quality online educational materials.
Children, young people and educators will benefit from free and unlimited access to the Instant Schools for Africa online learning materials with zero mobile data charges in order to encourage widespread access to, and use of, the curricula on offer.
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The content will also be made available offline to support pupils and educators without access to the internet.
Developed in conjunction with Learning Equality, the not-for-profit provider of open-source educational technology solutions, the Instant Schools For Africa platform will offer global and local educational resources and include subjects such as maths and science, providing millions of children and young people with access to education materials – from primary through to advanced high school level.
The announcement comes as the Vodafone Foundation publishes its Connected Education report, which found that the online educational resources made available through the Instant Schools For Africa programme could benefit more than 50 million children across Africa, India and Egypt by 2025, as the Vodafone Foundation increases its focus on these activities.
Vodafone Foundation Director Andrew Dunnett, said: “From refugee camps to remote parts of Africa with few schools, connectivity gives children the opportunity for a better future. Instant Schools For Africa has the potential to transform the lives of millions of children excluded from education, giving them free access to the same materials used by children in developed markets to help them achieve their ambitions.”