Education In A Box for Refugees, The Vodafone Foundation Presents The ‘Instant Classroom

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Fondazione-Vodafone-in-Africa-672x372The Vodafone Foundation has taken a step in empowering education in poor African countries; this comes as the Vodafone Foundation announced at the Mobile World Congress in ‘Barcelona, Spain’ that it will present an ‘instant classroom’ project to children and young adults at refugee camps across Africa.

Also known as the ‘digital school in a box’ is a case that weighs 52kg and contains a laptop, 25 tablets with educational software, a projector, a speaker and 3G internet connectivity.

This brilliant idea was brought up at the annual mobile world congress, an annual show where major technological companies come together to showcase their latest technology gadgets.

The Vodafone Foundation and the UNHCR have partnered to introduce the Instant Classroom to 12 schools in Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the next 12 months.

The ‘instant classroom’ is easy to operate and to manage; it can be set up in just 20 minutes and can be used in classrooms where there is no electricity. The ‘instant Classroom’ can be charged as a single item from one power source in 6-8 hours, after which it can be used for an entire day without being recharged.

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More-so, the ‘Instant Classroom’ is aimed at providing up to 15,000 children and young adults aged 7 to 20 with high-end education facilities; as most of these children have no educational background.

Vodafone Foundation Director Andrew Dunnett says: “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 that: “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. We welcome the opportunity to work with the Vodafone Foundation to find innovations that work in the refugee context”

It is a good humanitarian aid from big organisations to help bring education to refugees, education should not be deprived from any human being and as such, this initiative will help reduce illiteracy, one African child a time.

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