Instant Schools is the largest philanthropic programme in the Vodafone Foundation’s 25 year history. Instant Schools aims to provide millions of young people in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania 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 - and with education partners, ministries of education and local education experts in each country
Instant Schools will provide access to essential educational resources, including subjects such as maths and science from primary through to secondary. 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
UNESCO research found that 59 million children aged 6 to 11 were out of school in 2013, with 30 million of those children living in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Designed to be simple and easy to use
Content is available on mobile devices and optimised for low coverage/capacity
Catalogue of educational resources drawing from the best openly licensed content
Reporting and analytics tailored to the needs of students and teachers
The content is available in multiple languages
Educational content rating
What makes this initiative stand out?
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