Instant Schools is the largest philanthropic programme in the Vodafone Group Foundation’s 25-year history. It aims to provide millions of young people in Africa with free access to online learning materials developed in conjunction with Learning Equality - a leading not-for-profit provider of open-source educational technology solutions.
In Ghana, it is being deployed with education partners including the Ministry of education and other local education institutions.
Instant Schools will provide access to essential educational resources, including subjects such as Maths and Science from primary to the secondary level. Initially, this content will be high quality global content, provided by Khan Academy. The intention is to curate the content to align with the local curriculum. The fact that the content is accessible via mobile phones for free will also help to reach children who do not benefit from traditional schooling.
Key features of Instant Schools platform
Zero-rated: Learners and/or teachers who are customers of Vodafone or its African subsidiaries will not incur any mobile data charges when accessing the Instant Schools for Africa educational resources
Accessibility: Designed for simple, low-cost devices with basic data connectivity (3G)
Country-specific: The educational content will be a combination of global and local content
Long-term cumulative programme: Reach, scale and relevance will be increased over time, including encouraging other major mobile operators in the countries involved to adopt a similar, non-commercial approach