Vodafone Instant Network Programme
The Vodafone Foundation is committed to providing assistance in the area of disaster relief. Through the Vodafone Instant Network Programme we aim to deploy Vodafone Volunteers and technology in emergencies to provide free communications and technical support to aid agencies and victims and develop new technologies to support the humanitarian community.
Instant Network deployments
- Kaikor, Kenya – February 2012 – response to severe drought.
- Philippines – December 2012 – response to Typhoon Bopha.
- Philippines – November 2013 – response to Typhoon Haiyan.
- Port Vila, Vanuatu – March 2015 – response to Cyclone Pam.
- Kathmandu, Nepal – April 2015 – response to earthquake.
Instant Network schools
Globally, there are millions of refugee children in need of education. Displaced children affected by on-going conflicts currently have no access to quality education and are at high risk of never going back to school. Many school services for displaced children suffer from under-investment resulting in children missing out on several years of education and not being able to enter directly into formal schools at the correct grade. This means that education systems being put in place need to be flexible and innovative.
Since April 2013, the Vodafone Foundation has been working with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other ‘in country’ partners to improve education for displaced young people across markets that Vodafone operates in.An Instant Network School is a solar powered centre with tablets where child refugees and teachers can access digital educational content and the internet. So far 16 Instant Network Schools have been deployed in Kenya, Congo and South Sudan, benefiting 26,402 children and 500 Teachers.
In March 2015 the Vodafone Foundation announced the launch of Instant Classroom to support in the roll out of the Instant Network Schools programme. Instant Classroom is a digital ‘school in a box’ that can be set up in a matter of minutes and has been specifically designed for areas where electricity and internet connectivity are unreliable or non-existent and will be deployed in partnership with UNHCR's Innovation and Education Units.