In early 2016, in partnership with the telecom operator Asiacell and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), we launched the Connect To Learn educational platform in the Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq, providing directly quality education to thousands of refugee children.
The project is innovative in its use of ICT and cloud-based technology to support educational outcomes. It focuses on the training and preparation of teachers in refugee camp schools, instead of only focusing on the students, and encourages the teachers to collaborate and use technology to share experiences and best practices amongst themselves. There are also monitoring, evaluation and reporting components, which allow for continuous improvement based on actual data.
The cloud provides flexibility for refugee camp schools
Being a cloud-based ICT platform, content from the program can be stored and collated at both in the cloud and at the school level. This provides additional flexibility and sustainability in challenging environments such as refugee camp schools.
Through the project, more than 6,300 girls and boys at ten schools have gained access to high-quality, global educational resources. It is part of a larger effort by Ericsson to use technology (cloud) to promote education and inclusion of girls in high school.
These kinds of widespread deployments – both over the cloud and working in real time – cannot be realized without high-performing Ericsson cloud technology and resilient infrastructure, combined with a content distribution network that can handle so much diverse content for so many countries across such a wide geographic spread.
Connect to Learn nominated for GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2017
The project has won several regional awards and was nominated for the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards 2017 for the best solution for Mobile in Emergency or Humanitarian Situations.
Using the cloud for Technology for Good
Connect To Learn is deployed in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and is scaling up even in Europe and North America, with each country featuring its own education curriculum and content.
As a technology world leader, Ericsson has decided to use its technology leadership – in this case cloud technology – to engage with public and private partners and create solutions that positively impact societies; this is what Ericsson calls Technology For Good™.
Ericsson's global education initiative Connect To Learn is a partnership with the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the NGO Millennium Promise. It provides thousands of students and teachers with a window to the world of information through mobile broadband connectivity and cloud services.
The Connect To Learn solution removes traditional barriers of time and space, enabling schools to connect with schools across national and international boundaries, and providing them with the means to improve the quality of education even for the most rural communities. Connect To Learn's mission is to help ensure a 21st century secondary education for every girl and boy around the world.
Cloud technology and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will shape the business landscape for at least the next 15 years; all industries included. On September 25 2015, 194 countries, governments, members of the private sector and members of civil society adopted 17 goals to ensure prosperity for all through a new sustainable development agenda. Ericsson was one of the first private companies to have adopted the SDGs framework in its group strategy in order to measure the company’s impact on the society.
The idea that suggests that businesses are here to only create value for their shareholders, even at the expense of the society, is gradually becoming obsolete. This tremendous awareness created by SDGs is forcing business strategists to look at the market(s) with new eyes. Because of the combination of mobility, broadband and cloud that is driving change in our era, no other industry is better positioned than telecom/ICT to enable the achievement of the goals.
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