In any economy, a good education is one of the most paramount factors that secures its advancement. In Kenya’s, nay, the world’s biggest refugee camp located in the semi-arid North Eastern county of Garissa, education is EVERYTHING! It is he only way out of an unfortunate set of circumstances that forced millions of children from war torn states into a life of abject poverty, dependent on a foreign state and aid from Western countries.
Schools without electricity or internet access will now have access to interactive classes after the Vodafone Foundation introduced Instant Classroom lite platform. The platform is designed for teaching lessons to large class sizes in refugee camps. It includes a server with mobile educational content that teachers can access locally.
Instant Classroom Lite builds on our Instant Network Schools programme, which has already provided an internet education to around 60,000 young refugees living in Dadaab Refugee camp. Vodafone Foundation Director, Andrew Dunnet.
What does it include?
The Instant Classroom Lite kit has a projector and audio system, 3G and 4G connectivity and a laptop server preloaded with educational content. It can be powered using a solar panel, a mains socket or a 12V car socket and stays powered for four hours of use. The equipment can be set up in just 10 minutes and can be easily transported between schools in a refugee settlement.
The foundation has at the same time created an Instant Charge, a durable and portable outdoor mobile charger that can charge 66 devices simultaneously.
The equipment was developed to support the UN High Commissioner for Refugees work on the shores of Europe where, despite good mobile coverage, there has been limited infrastructure in camps for refugees to charge their phones – Dunnet
Tens of thousands of refugees will benefit from Instant Charge in a number of locations. The equipment will also be used to support the Vodafone Foundation’s disaster relief work.
We tend to think of technology companies as huge profit hungry corporations with the evasion of taxes at the center of their hearts. It is heart warming to see technological advancement geared towards the aid of the unfairly disadvantaged children of our world who may yet get a chance to beat their circumstances.
The education of refugees once seemed an impossible task for any one nation or organization to tackle but that is coming to an end now. Tech is a tool after all and isn’t it supposed to make work easier?