Building Education Systems of The Future

  • P Project/Program

Key Information

COVID-19 lockdown measures led to school closures around the world. This highlighted the urgent need for more resilient, digital-first education systems that enable students to learn from home. Vodafone Foundation has been providing support to students and education systems via:

- Zero rating educational sites and donating devices in response to COVID-19

- Parterning with Perlego to offer free access to a library of over 300,000 digitical text books for students

- Providing free educational resources to 1.6 million learners across Africa through Vodacom e-school and Vodafone Foundation's Instant Schools

- Supporting 360,000 subscribers in 66 institutes in Tanzania and South Africa through Connected Education solution

- Expanding Instant Network Schools program to support 500,000 refugee students and commuities by 2025 in partnership with UNHCR

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


2020 -


Germany, Greece, South Africa


Not applicable or unknown


Not applicable or unknown

Microsoft, UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency, Perlego

COVID-19 Response

New for COVID-19

Government Affiliation


Ministry Affiliation


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary enrollment
  • Secondary Enrollment


  • Remote Learning


  • Teacher training

Cross-cutting areas

  • COVID-19 Response
  • Emergencies and protracted crises

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school), Teachers - female, Teachers - male


12 - 18

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

  • Displaced/refugee - External (from other countries)
  • Displaced/refugee - Internal (from other areas of the same country)

Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Increased availability of learning materials

Educational Technology

  • Computer-assisted learning
  • Digital devices for the purposes of studying, learning
  • Digital learning materials/programs
  • Digital reading materials (non-textbook)
  • Digital skills/literacy (including coding)
  • Digital textbooks
  • Online training

Increased availability of learning materials

  • Increased availability of Fiction/non-fiction books (digital)
  • Textbooks (digital)

Reducing economic barriers

  • Addressing cost of school supplies

School-related gender-based violence

  • Training of school personnel (including teachers)

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased grade attainment
  • Increased school enrolment (general)
  • Increased test scores

Cross-cutting goals

Not applicable or unknown