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More Africa NewsVodafone and UNHCR strengthen online learning program in Kenya, Tanzania and DR Congo

December 18, 2019by myles

The British telecoms group Vodafone, via its foundation, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on December 17, 2019, at the Global Refugee Forum, an extension of their apprenticeship program in line, Instant Network Schools (INS).

This operation will see an increase in the number of NSIs in Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo, to benefit by 2025 500,000 young refugees. Value of this new joint investment: 26 million euros.

According to the Vodafone Foundation and the UNHCR, the INS program is localized and aligned with national programs, which supports the study of basic subjects in the classroom, and above all gives young people digital skills and increases potential job opportunities . It was developed to support the inclusive approach of UNHCR and governments for quality education for all.

Nick Read, President and CEO of Vodafone Group Plc, said that “our Foundation is expanding its partnership with UNHCR to provide instant network learning to more than half a million young people. With four million refugee children out of school, we want to encourage other organizations to join us in taking action to ensure that refugee children and displaced communities are included in the benefits of a digital society . 

According to UNHCR, to date, 36 NSIs in eight refugee camps in Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan have already benefited more than 86,500 refugee students and 1,000 teachers.

Source: Agence Ecofin