Mar 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:30 AM, Mar 24, 2017

Vodafone Foundation launches Instant Classroom for refugees

ABN – The Vodafone Foundation has partnered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to launch educational resources for refugees.

Refugee camps across Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be provided with the Vodafone Foundation’s Instant Classroom.

The Instant Classroom can be set up anywhere in just a matter of minutes and has been designed for areas with unreliable electricity and internet connectivity.

Each Instant Classroom is equipped with a laptop and 25 tablets loaded with educational software as well as a projector, speaker and hotspot modem with 3G connectivity.

Vodafone Foundation Director Andrew Dunnett said: “At the end of 2013, UNHCR estimates that there were 50 million refugees and displaced people worldwide, half of who are under the age of 18.

“With refugees displaced from their homes for an average of 17 years, many have little or no access to education.

“The Vodafone Foundation Instant Classroom is robust, simple and powerful.

“It puts the best technology that educators have to offer into the hands of children and young people living in the toughest of environments.”

UNHCR Innovation Lead Olivier Delarue added: “In the face of increasingly complex humanitarian crises, UNHCR is tasked with finding new, creative ways to meet the developmental and educational needs of young refugees and stateless people worldwide.

“Innovation for us is not about developing educational products; rather it is about using technologies that partners like Vodafone Foundation have to offer as a new way of identifying and testing solutions to enhance educational opportunities.”

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IDB invests in Burkina Faso higher education

ABN – The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) will invest US$14 million in Burkina Faso higher education.

In 2009 the IDB provided $10 million for the first phase of the University of Bobo-Dioulasso Project and the new financing is expected to contribute to the second phase of the project.

The Students’ Hostels at the university will be expanded as part of the second phase of the project.

Minister of Economy and Finance and IDB governor for Burkina Faso Gustave Sanon signed the financing agreement with IDB president Ahmad Mohamed Ali.

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Samsung introduces Smart Schools in Senegal

ABN – Samsung Electronics Africa has partnered with the Senegal Ministry of Education to launch a mobile education project in the country.

The project aims to create an advanced and interactive classroom experience for learners as it allows teachers to monitor educational content on their pupils’ screens.

It has already been installed at the Plan Jaxaay Secondary school and comprises of a screen-sharing feature and a real-time question and answer feature.

Samba Guisse, Senegal IT Advisor, said: “The future of education is about accessing information and collaborating locally and globally.

“Teaching and learning has become social; this has become possible with the emergence of initiatives such as the Samsung Smart School.”

Smart Schools have also been installed in Kenya, Rwanda, Mali, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.

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