Educating child refugees

Some 46% of the world’s refugee population are children. There are an estimated 5.4 million refugees and internally displaced people living in counties where Vodafone operates. 

The average stay of a child in a refugee camp is 17 years, meaning a child can be born, raised and do his or her entire schooling in the closed environment of camp with little contact with the outside work. Schools that exist within camps are often poorly resourced, limiting the possibility of students receiving a quality education.

The Vodafone Foundation believes that providing technology, connectivity and training in classrooms could help address this issue.  

Programme benefits

There are currently 18 schools in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. By the end of 2016, 62,000 young refugees will have benefitted from the programme.

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Refugees to benefit from the programme

Instant Classroom

In March 2015 the Vodafone Foundation announced the launch of Instant Classroom to support in the rollout of the Instant Network Schools programme.

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Instant Network Schools around the world

The Instant Network Schools programmes was designed and implemented by the Vodafone Foundation and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

An Instant Network School is an integrated platform with internet connectivity, power, tablets, mobile content and teacher training which provides previously remote and isolated communities with access to a wealth of content and resources. The Vodafone Foundation believes that this link to the outside world can be a “game changer” for education programmes in refugee camps and will be critical for the long-term future of those children and their communities.

The programme launched in October 2015, with the opening of the first school. There are currently 18 schools in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. By the end of 2016, 62,000 young refugees will have benefitted from the programme.

Instant Network School programme in Africa