Project combines provision of power, connectivity and elearning

Zayo Hub partnership supports rural communities

Wed, 20.03.2019
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We have partnered with Zayo Hub on a project that aims to achieve transformational change in remote rural areas in Zambia, to include:

  • Provision of solar power, telecom and internet connectivity, plus digital content for schools, health and community interest;
  • Outreach to support the uptake of new opportunities, focusing on entrepreneurship, primary education, rural livelihoods and women’s inclusion.

We will be providing Mwabu’s curriculum-aligned teaching and learning resources, assessment tools, devices and hardware, as well as continued training and mentoring for teachers through the Mwabu Academy.

Mwabu Academy’s training courses and on-going mentoring support build teachers’ capacity to use these innovative teaching methods, and enable all learners, even those in large classes, to progress through being actively engaged and focused.

Justin Reilly, Mwabu CEO, says “The Zayo Hub Project is an opportunity for Mwabu to show how digital education plays a pivotal role in community-based projects. We provide one example (and not the only example) of why basic infrastructure can lead to improved life chances, not only for children, but also for parents and leaders. Our unique focus on improving teaching and learning by delivering high quality and contextually relevant eLearning, with world class professional development and assessment, enables us to work closely with local officials to track attainment and curriculum coverage. We are very excited to be able to work alongside the Zayo Hub team and local stakeholders.”

The Zayo Hub project is expected to have significant social and economical impact, benefitting children, adolescents, women and men. Project impact is expected to contribute to the achievement of nine sustainable development goals.

The combination of training, education content and support services, power and connectivity will create a value chain sufficient to support local delivery in the beginning and overall costs of delivery in the longer term.

Charlotte Scott, Director of Research and Policy at Mwabu, says “The benefits of bringing digital content to schools are dependent on the possibilities created by having power and connectivity. Once we have the power, the connectivity and the content, why not go further than the primary school? Why not reach out to parents and indeed the whole community? We believe that reaching the whole community will create a really supportive environment for children in our schools."

Rural communities in Zambia and elsewhere greatly welcome mobile phone coverage. The positive effects of providing access to telecommunications have been well documented for some time. The Zayo Hub project aims to build out from this, providing access to a broader range of related services, supporting improved social and economic development outcomes in impoverished communities.

 

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