Vodafone and UNHCR Expand Connected Education for Refugees in Mozambique

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TechInAfrica – To help more than 94,000 refugee students and groups in four African countries into Mozambique, Ahead of World Refugee Day (June 20), Vodafone Foundation and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), have augmented their Instant Network Schools (INS) program.

Around 9,000 students in the 7th-12th grades, 25,000 family members, and over 200 teachers will receive the advantages from two new INS, in the Maratane Refugee Settlement and the city of Nampula.

Currently, classrooms have been modified by INS into multimedia centers for learning, filled with internet connectivity, sustainable solar power, and a vigorous teacher tutoring course.

All contents appear in the program in line with the national curriculums and local needs, which assists underprivileged students to learn crucial subjects in the classroom, and critically grows the way to opportunities for both study and future work opportunities.

Located in Nampula Province, the Maratane Refugee Settlement organizes one-third of Mozambique’s 28,000 refugees. As of March 2021, over 50% of the refugee elementary school-aged kids in the settlement were outside the primary education system and more than 60% outside the secondary education system.

All primary and secondary schools managed by the Ministry of Education in Maratane Refugee Settlement are supported by UNHCR. It helps both refugee and host group children to campaign social solidarity and peaceful coexistence.

“School in a Box”

Instant Network School brings a school called ‘school in a box’ for refugees. The school provides tablets for students, a laptop for the teacher, a projector, speaker, internet connectivity, solar charging, and a library of digital educational resources.

The plan aimed to bring access to digital devices, resources, and tools for young refugees, host community members, and teachers. Also, the program established by Vodafone Foundation and UNHCR in 2013 gives refugees the internet connection to help to upgrade the level of education in some of the most marginalized areas in Africa.



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