Airtel Africa and British Council have partnered to maximize the learning benefits of Airtel’s wider broadband connectivity of 5GB per month in a 3-year deal for 127 Digital Hubs located in schools across 9 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The partnership with Airtel will provide full internet accessibility to British Council Hubs, surrounding schools and communities. Digital Hubs have already been set up through partnerships with Microsoft in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Ghana and Nigeria. High speed broadband access from Bharti Airtel for these hubs guarantees teachers and students limitless new educational opportunities. The Hubs in Schools serve as ICT centers for teachers, students and wider communities.
“The British Council connects teachers and learners around the world, so they can learn from each other, access knowledge and ultimately become global citizens. Through our Schools programme and ICT integration across Sub-Saharan Africa, we provide teachers with high-quality, cost-effective Professional Development opportunities. Over the past year, British Council and Microsoft have trained 2,000 teachers and head teachers in innovative pedagogy and ICT skills in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Education,” said Tony Reilly, British Council Kenya country director.
Over the last three years, thousands of schools across Sub-Saharan Africa have benefitted from British Council’s work supporting educators to improve their teaching and learning process through ICT. British Council supports ICT initiatives in African schools that are sustainable and teacher-centered.
The partnership with Airtel builds on the Badiliko partnership between the British Council and Microsoft that supports ICT integration in schools across the region. Airtel aims to improve the quality of life of communities through their corporate social responsibility work in education.
“Our engagement in the development of education in Kenya is in line with Bharti Airtel’s Corporate Social Responsibility vision to uplift the standard of living in the communities through the improvement of infrastructure in the institutions, ensuring access to better quality education for the students and communities in general,” said David Ssegawa, Bharti Airtel’s chief HR officer.
British Council operates a number of similar educational programmes including Connection Classrooms, Commonwealth Class and Badiliko to support schools across Africa. Over 600 schools in Kenya are currently benefiting from these British Council programmes.