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Access to education

UNESCO estimates that 62 million girls remain out of school at primary school age. Against this stark backdrop there has been tremendous progress in the availability of mobile broadband. As mobile broadband becomes even more ubiquitous reaching to the most remote regions of the world it offers unparalleled opportunities to transform education. Mobility, broadband and cloud are key technologies that place the mobile communications industry at the forefront of leading change to deliver quality of education and universal primary and secondary schooling.

The goal of Connect To is to provide access to quality education for those most in need, especially for girls. Students without even a basic education have diminished economic `opportunities and are more vulnerable to poor health, early and forced marriage and other forms of violence. Quality education prepares young people–girls and boys alike–for economic and personal empowerment and can have a dramatic effect on national economies.

Connect to Learn is evidence of Ericsson’s commitment in addressing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4: Ensuring an inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Education key to reach many SDGs A focus on girls’ education is particularly important for tackling SDG 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” Each additional year of schooling beyond primary offers greater payoffs for improved opportunities, options and outcomes for girls and women, including their health and those of their families. Education is therefore intrinsically linked to SDG 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages), and, since it is critical to building peaceful, inclusive societies, it also has positive impacts on SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) and SDG 16 (peace and justice and strong institutions). Innovative solutions driven by all sectors of society will be essential to reaching the “inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” set out in SDG 4.

Connect to Learn deployments

Connect To Learn is a global education initiative launched in 2010 by the Earth Institute of Columbia University, Millennium Promise and Ericsson. The aim is to provide access to quality secondary education by providing scholarships and bringing ICT to schools in remote, resource-poor parts of the world.

Connect to Learn technology

Connect To Learn implements ICT in schools often in resource poor settings to enhance the quality and access to teaching and learning resources in a safe, cost effective, and user friendly way. The program uses the power of mobility, broadband and cloud solutions to provide students and teachers with access to the libraries and information sources the world has to offer while connecting schools to schools, students to students, and teachers to teachers around the globe to support collaborative learning, social awareness, and cultural sharing.

Strategic partnership model

The founding partners of Connect To Learn form the core of an expanding strategic coalition of public, private and nonprofit partnerships, contributors and collaborators creating alliances in support of a quality 21st century education for all.