Uganda hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa – an estimated 1.3 million people, half of whom are children. These young people face some of the harshest living conditions without access to basic needs. More importantly, without access to safe, reliable, quality education and learning materials, these children face the risk of becoming part of a “lost generation” who fall further behind in learning.
Online platforms that host digital educational content can be an effective solution to overcome the challenges of distributing up-to-date textbooks and other printed educational materials can be challenging. Online platforms that host digital educational content can be an effective solution to overcome the challenges of distributing up-to-date textbooks and other printed educational materials. However, for regions that do not have stable access to broadband connectivity, it is not possible for online solutions to deliver the desired impact.
REACT connected HP with Education Cannot Wait (ECW) to deploy the HP School Cloud, which allows up to 40 computers, tablets, and other devices to access high quality open educational resources (OER) without the need for internet connection. As part of its commitment to enhance learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025, HP is donating the School Cloud technology along with resources to support additional partner activities to maximize the impact on learning. HP School Cloud uses Learning Equality’s Kolibri platform, an open-source e-learning platform to create a local hub of high-quality education resources.
HP and Learning Equality are also supporting the training of teachers and coaches to maximize the devices’ impact on learning. Through the leadership of Uganda’s Ministry of Education and Sports and support of the National Curriculum Development Centre, content on Kolibri is organized according to the country’s lower-secondary curriculum. UNHCR is also coordinating partner engagement to support the implementation and testing of HP School Cloud as an information and communications technology (ICT) solution in refugee-hosting public schools.
12 secondary schools from 3 refugee-hosting districts have received access to the HP School Cloud and each received 30-40 laptops along with storage carts, power backups, and projectors. 3 Community Technology Access (CTA) centers located in refugee settlements have received the HP School Cloud and are being supported by UNHCR and NGO partners. It is estimated that 15,000 individuals will have access to Kolibri through HP School Cloud.
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