Instant Network Schools
Location: DR Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania
Instant Networks Schools (INS) provide a holistic solution to transform an existing classroom into an innovation hub for learning – complete with Internet connectivity, sustainable solar power, an Instant Classroom (digital classroom in-a-box specially
created for the INS programme which includes 25 tablets, a laptop, a projector and speaker, a 3G modem and batteries to run the kit for a day of class), localized digital content; and a robust teacher training programme.
The Vodafone Foundation believes that successful technology-led educational programmes are driven by the alignment of 9 elements: Programme Ownership, Local Initiatives, Teacher Training, Educational Content, Content & Tablet Management, Connectivity, Power, Hardware and Monitoring & Evaluation. To date, over 40,000 young refugees and 600 teachers are benefitting from the INS each month.
An independent impact assessment study is on-going. However, initial qualitative feedback received from beneficiaries already provides some insights on the perceived value of the INS Programme:
- In most contexts, the INS programme is viewed as positively contributing to student retention.
- Quality improvements have been seen in the performance of refugee children in national examinations. 90% of the 3,894 candidates who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education passed and attained the required grade to join secondary schools, which represented a pass rate higher than the national average, which stood at 75.6%.
- Immediate improvements have been the development of ICT literacy amongst both teachers and students.