Airtel Africa and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have reaffirmed their joint commitment to accelerate access to quality education to millions of children in Africa, through digital learning.
Airtel Africa and UNICEF launched the $57million 5-year partnership in 2021, to accelerate the roll-out of digital learning for children by connecting schools to the internet and ensuring free access to learning platforms in countries where Airtel operates, to ensure that every child reaches their full potential.
Group CEO of Airtel Africa, Segun Ogunsanya, who made the pledge during a visit to Kitende Secondary School, Entebbe, one of the schools connected to the internet by the mobile telecommunications operator, averred that, Airtel Africa is cognizant of the great value education contributes to nations across the continent, which is why the Telecom operator is very deliberate in promoting education and empowering our people.
“Airtel Africa will continue to support the shared efforts of the Government of Uganda, by identifying and collaborating with strategic partners like UNICEF to transform the way our children learn. We commit to do this in Uganda and across the 13 other countries where Airtel Africa operates,” Ogunsanya pledged.
Ogunsanya also recognised the pivotal role being played by UNICEF in supporting African children. He charged the students to take good advantage of the resources through the partnership between Airtel Africa and UNICEF to further their academic pursuits in order to realize their dreams in life.
In her remarks, the state minister for Primary Education, Dr. Moriku Kaducu, acknowledged the positive contribution by Airtel and UNICEF in the transformation of educational opportunities for children, while pledging that government will support the partnership in the form of a conducive policy framework and continuous engagements to drive down the tax rates on end-user devices and data for educational purposes.
The UNICEF Representative to Uganda, Dr. Munir Safieldin, explained that “through the Kolibri digital learning platform, the partnership will reach 54,000 students with USSD/SMS based content optimised for mobile. Currently, Kolibri is available in over 100 secondary schools with computer labs and 15 youth-friendly ICT centres in refugee settlements.
“An estimated 16,000 learners and 350 teachers in secondary schools have interacted with the Kolibri initiative. More than 1,080 adolescents and 200 trained volunteers are involved in the out of school Kolibri initiative implementation. To-date over 7,500 registered users with over 200,000 content interactions.”