Airtel Rwanda and UNICEF Rwanda today announced a partnership to help accelerate the roll-out of digital learning through connecting schools to the internet and ensuring free access to learning platforms in Rwanda.
In the first year of partnership, 20 schools will be connected, helping about 12,000 school children to get equal access to quality digital learning. Additionally, Airtel will zero-rate 5 platforms to enable free and ready access to the learning materials on these platforms for students and teachers alike to enhance their skills and knowledge.
“The sky is the limit when students and teachers can use digital connectivity to learn and teach wherever and whenever possible. We are honoured to partner with Airtel Rwanda as we embark on this endeavour to provide thousands of school children and their teachers access to the internet,” said Min Yuan, Deputy UNICEF Representative in Rwanda.
At continental level, Airtel Africa and UNICEF have signed a five-year pan-African partnership to help accelerate digital learning through connecting schools to the internet and ensuring free access to learning platforms across 13 countries.
Airtel Afric has offered about US$50 million in kind and US$7 million in cash to facilitate this initiative.
This partnership will benefit learners in Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The five learning platforms that have been zero-rated by Airtel in consultation with the UNICEF education team and partners are freely accessible to anyone using an Airtel internet connection and are as follows:
|REB e-learning platform
|RTB e-learning platform
|RP e-learning platform
|SDMS (School Data Management System)
|Internet of Good Things