Vodafone Foundation and Education in sub-Saharan Africa

Education in sub-Saharan AfricaThe Vodafone Foundation recently announced their new program called Instant Schools for Africa which focuses on improving education in sub-Saharan Africa. The program aims to reach 5 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania, providing them with free access to online learning.

The Instant Schools for Africa will provide children and young people with online access to educational materials that are completely free, and comes without mobile data charges. Those unable to access the internet will also be able to use the program offline. The subjects that are included in the material are math and science from primary to advanced levels. Charitable giving, along with technology, is how the Vodafone Foundation aids young people at their 27 locations around the world.

The Vodafone Foundation hopes to improve education in sub-Saharan Africa by targeting children who are typically excluded from a standard education. The overall mission of the Vodafone Foundation is to support global projects that are working towards benefiting areas with health, education, and disaster relief. The foundation uses technology to help those who need it.

Currently, the Vodafone Foundation has a program similar to Instant Schools for Africa, called Vodacom e-school, which provides 215,000 children with access to education. The need for these programs is in high demand, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, as it holds the lowest rate of primary school enrolment across the world. Over one-fifth of children, ranging in age from six to 11, are not in school, while 60 percent of children between 15 and 17 are also not in school.

With Instant Schools for Africa, the Vodafone Foundation is expanding their current education program. Their program is considered one of the largest philanthropic programs, with over 25 years of aid. While the program is expanding, they are planning to keep the already running program, Vodacom e-school.

Chloe Turner

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