NEW YORK / NAIROBI, November 1, 2021 – Airtel Africa and UNICEF today announced a five-year Pan-African partnership to help accelerate the deployment of digital learning by connecting schools to the internet and ensuring free access to learning platforms in 13 countries.
By providing equal access to quality digital learning, especially for the most vulnerable children, the partnership will help ensure that every child reaches their full potential.
Airtel Africa, one of Africa’s leading telecommunications and mobile money service providers, is the first African private sector partner to pledge multi-million dollars for ‘Reimagine Education’, a global initiative launched by UNICEF in 2020 calling for public and private sector investment in digital learning as an essential service for every child and young person around the world.
This initiative aims to give children a chance to catch up with their learning needs amid the ongoing global pandemic.
“Hundreds of millions of children in Africa have had their education interrupted or suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
“By championing digital education for children in Africa, this partnership with Airtel Africa will help put children’s learning back on track.
Airtel Africa’s financial and in-kind contribution for this partnership amounts to $ 57 million over five years until 2027. The program will use technology and expertise, in addition to direct financial support. to connect schools and communities to the Internet, allow free access to online educational programs. content for learners.
It will also provide essential data insights to inform UNICEF’s work to scale up digital learning and help ensure it is sustainable and meets the needs of students across Africa.
“As a company, we have focused on education as a key area of our corporate social responsibility, and we are delighted that this partnership with UNICEF allows us to accelerate results.
It also coincides with the launch of our new sustainability strategy, which sets out our commitment to education, ”said Olusegun Ogunsanya, CEO of Airtel Africa.
“We are delighted to work with UNICEF to advance the education agenda on the continent by facilitating connectivity and online access to play a role in driving change,” he added.
Airtel Africa and UNICEF pan-African partnership will benefit learners in Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.