While momentum has increased significantly since the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, core metrics suggest that a fundamental step change is required if we are to come close to achieving them by 2030.
As a leading satellite communications provider, Avanti Communications focuses on connecting the unconnected and creating opportunities for people, countries and continents to achieve their ambitions. We believe that education is one step on the journey to success.
By encouraging education, we can help children build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.
For their sake, we cannot fail.
We cannot fail
Technology can play a pivotal role in improving the lives of those living in poverty by increasing their access to markets, finance and government services, including health care and, crucially, education.
EdTech may indeed be one of the key methods to achieve the fundamental change needed, particularly when one of the critical factors affecting the development and learning achievement of young people today is the quality of education—with large class sizes, low availability of textbooks and gaps in teaching quality only a few of the challenges limiting human capital growth.
At Avanti, we believe in the advances EdTech can make to drive development of education in rural and remote areas, particularly in reducing the gender disparity. We embarked on an EdTech project in Kenya as project lead under the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) funded Girls’ Education Challenge from 2012—iMlango.
This technology-driven project works in 245 primary and secondary schools across four counties (Kajiado, Kilifi, Makueni and Uasin Gishu), all chosen based on marginalization factors for girls (poverty rates, attendance statistics and learning achievements).
The project has shown demonstrable learning outcomes: for example, on average, a girl who spends the recommended time per week on the EdTech platform shows an 18-month improvement on their maths levels. With these achievements, the project has been widely applauded as an example of effective work on using technology in girls’ education (City A.M. article).