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Airtel Partners With UNICEF To Scale Up Digital Learning Across Africa

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Digital learning has slowly been scaling up especially in the last year or so amid the pandemic. But it seems that more people want it to be the status -quo even as we start to go back to normality. This is why Airtel Africa has partnered up with UNICEF in a five-year pan-African partnership to help accelerate the rollout of digital learning.

The telco aims at doing this by connecting schools to the internet and ensuring free access to learning platforms across 13 countries. Airtel hopes to help ensure every child reaches their potential by being able to easily access quality digital learning resources.

This is part of Airtel Africa’s commitment to ‘Reimagine Education’, a global initiative launched by UNICEF in 2020. The campaign was set up with the goal of calling for public and private sector investment in digital learning as an essential service for every child and young person across the globe.

“Hundreds of millions of children in Africa have seen their education disrupted or put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “By championing digital education for children in Africa, this partnership with Airtel Africa will help put children’s learning back on track.”

The team-up will see Airtel contribute $57 million (KES 6.3 billion) over five years till 2027. In addition to the financial support, the programme will call on technology and expertise from the telco to enable free access to online educational content for learners. It will also provide vital data insights to inform UNICEF’s work to scale-up digital learning. This is alongside helping the global body ensure that the programme is sustainable and meets students’ needs across the continent.

The Airtel Africa and UNICEF pan-African partnership will benefit learners in Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

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