The Vodafone Foundation has announced the Instant Classroom initiative, a digital ‘school in a box’, which according to Vodafone, can be set up in a matter of minutes.
The initiative is intent on helping pupils in refugee camps as well as offer them the opportunity to continue their education. The Instant Classroom has been designed for areas where electricity and internet connectivity are unreliable or non-existent, and will be deployed in partnership with UNHCR’s Innovation and Education units.
The Instant Classroom comes in a 52 kg case which contains a laptop, 25 tablets ready-loaded with educational software, a projector, loudspeaker and a hotspot modem with 3G connectivity. After six to eight hours of charging, the Instant Classroom can be used for a full day.
Over the next year, the Vodafone Foundation Instant Classroom will be deployed to twelve schools in refugee settlements in Kakuma in Kenya, in the Nyarungusu refugee settlement in Tanzania and in the Equatorial Region in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Instant Classroom will provide up to 15,000 children and young adults aged 7 to 20 years with advanced teaching aids that are currently only available in a minority of schools in developed nations.