World Mobile and Epson - Enhancing Education Through Connectivity
Unlocking technological opportunities in education for unconnected communities
The UN Sustainable Development Goals call for inclusive and quality education for all, and at World Mobile we understand the power of connectivity and technology in achieving this. In Zanzibar, we have helped schools connect to the internet, thus broadening the educational offering to students as well as supporting teachers with accessing material and enhancing the teaching process.
Education is a powerful agent of change, improving health and livelihoods and driving long-term economic growth; and a disadvantaged education can lead to a lack of skills access and fewer opportunities in the job market.
This isn’t just a problem for those in lower income countries – this is a worldwide issue, and one that has been exacerbated by the global pandemic. Girls, children with disabilities and refugee children are at a particular disadvantage. The UN reports that in 2018, nearly a fifth of the global population of school-aged children were not in school (about 260 million children), and they estimate that in 2030, only 60% of young people will complete upper secondary education.
“Inequalities [in Sub-Saharan Africa] will … worsen unless the digital divide – the gap between under-connected and highly digitalised countries – is not addressed.” Quality Education: why it matters (UN)
With children’s varied learning styles and abilities, using technology to deliver education in different ways is vital. It can speed up learning and children can be more attentive. In some cases, it has shown to reduce absenteeism. Technology can also support teachers in accessing teaching material and professional development resources. Together with our partner Epson, we are supporting education in Zanzibar, by providing the technological tools that inspire children to learn and teachers to teach.
Epson’s printers and projectors, alongside World Mobile’s low-cost wireless network, are bringing new ways of learning to Zanzibari schools, with an emphasis on environmental and economic sustainability. Working with the Tanzanian government and teachers at the frontline of education, our partnership has opened up opportunities not just for the school children, but for the whole community.
With World Mobile and Epson’s input, each school will become a technological hub of education and life-long learning, run by the people, for the people. We place community ownership at the heart of what we do – each school ‘hub’ provides connectivity to the wider community, earning them node rewards in the local currency with each transaction made on the network.
Together, World Mobile and Epson hope to develop this partnership with schools across East Africa, enabling a range of technological solutions that deliver a world-class education, thus improving the future prospects of the children and that of their community.