Ericsson, Djibouti Telecom, Ministry of Telecommunication and Ministry of Education announce the launch of the Connect To Learn project 1,300 students and teachers have access to laptops, projectors, training, broadband connectivity and online educational resources Launch of Connect To Learn in the Arab world

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) today announced the launch of the Connect To Learn project, which has resulted in five schools enjoying the benefits of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) using the power of cloud-based technology, in Djibouti. Ericsson launched this initiative in collaboration with Djibouti Telecom, the Ministry of Telecommunication of Djibouti and the Ministry of Education of Djibouti.

With this launch, more than 1,300 students and teachers have access to laptops, projectors, broadband connectivity and online educational resources. As part of the project, a program of professional development on the use of ICT was also provided for teachers. This initiative marks the first project of its kind in the Arab world, and the delivery of the project was officially announced during the ITU World event in Dubai on October 16.

"We are very proud to collaborate with Ericsson on this project," says Abdourhaman Mohamed Hassan, CEO of Djibouti Telecom. "Djibouti Telecom has a long-standing relationship with Ericsson, and we are sure that with their expertise and knowledge about the industry and the importance of supporting education with technology, the Connect To Learn initiative will go a long way. We would also like to thank the Ministry of Telecommunication and Ministry of Education for supporting this initiative."

Connect To Learn is a collaborative effort between Ericsson, the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Millennium Promise that leverages the power of ICT to bring high-quality education to students everywhere. The initiative is based on the use of connectivity to implement low-cost and user-friendly ICT for schools through mobile broadband and cloud computing. This gives students and teachers access to world-class information and educational resources, and the ability to connect schools to other schools around the world to foster collaborative learning, cross-cultural understanding and global awareness.

Anders Lindblad, Head of Ericsson in the Middle East, says: "Education is one of the most powerful tools to end poverty and secure a productive life. As we continue to move toward a Networked Society, it is important to leverage the opportunities that are continuously being made available through today’s technology and connectivity, and identify how these opportunities will enhance people’s living conditions or add value to their lives. We believe that equal access to education is every student’s right, and we can gladly say that Connect To Learn’s ultimate purpose is to achieve this. We are very proud to be part of this initiative."

Connect To Learn is a global education initiative which invites a range of private, public and non-profit partners to advance secondary-school education in three key ways: raising funds to provide complete secondary school scholarships; implementing mobile broadband and cloud solutions in schools so students have access to global education resources; and supporting the establishment of a Global Fund for Education to raise awareness about the importance of secondary education. The impact of secondary education is not only for students’ benefit but also for their families and their communities.

Notes to editors

Connect To Learn was launched by the Earth Institute, Millennium Promise (an NGO), and Ericsson in 2010, in response to the challenges of access and inequality. It aims to ensure that people worldwide, especially girls, have access to a complete and quality education. The Connect To Learn partners recognize the transformational role broadband connectivity and other ICT solutions can have in scaling up access to quality education through innovative programs, such as cloud-based curricula and school-to-school connectivity. The initiative also promotes transition to secondary school for those who face extraordinary challenges, especially girls, through scholarships.

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