Rwanda is set to pattern with world’s most used social media platform face book to boost and ease educational system.
The internet.org program under socialEDU initiative will provide students in Rwanda with access to a collaborative online education experience via mobile telephones.
According to the minister of youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana revealed that the project will boost Rwanda into a knowledge best economy.
“The government of Rwanda is excited to partner with facebook to open up a world full of content and interaction to Rwandan students. The social education experience will accelerate innovation and propel Rwanda into a knowledge based economy” says ICT minister Jean Philbert Nsengimana.
Nsengimana added that, the ministry is committed to doing its part to make sure social EDU has the greatest possible impact in Rwanda. This fully aligned with the government’s broadband for all policy and the smart Kigali intiative, a public private partnership that provides free wi-fi in most popular squares, buses, hotels and public buildings.
Social EDU addresses five critical barriers to access by bringing together free content, free data, affordable smart phones, localized, social educational experience and a government that supports innovation.
The program will build a mobile app that is integrated with facebook and Airtel will provide free education data for everyone in Rwanda who participates in the program for one year.
While Nokia will pitch in with affordable smart phones, that will improve the quality and ease of internet access.
Facebook will work closely with Ericsson to test the app’s functionality at Ericsson’s facility, which simulates a 2G environment to provide developers with immediate feedback on the app’s performance in alternative environments. Later this year, Facebook, in partnership with Ericsson, will launch a unique testing facility that simulates alternative environments for developers to use when creating apps for similar markets.
With SocialEDU, students in Rwanda will receive free data plans for accessing free edX MOOCs from some of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, MIT, U.C. Berkeley, TU Delft, Australian National University and ETH Zurich.
This platform will allow students to ask questions, engage with other students, interact with teachers, and participate in group discussions.
Internet.org is a global partnership between technology leaders, nonprofits, local communities and experts who are working together to bring the internet to the two thirds of the world’s population not yet connected. Founding members include Ericsson, Facebook, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Samsung and Qualcomm.