Digital learning is now possible within communities and in secondary junior schools, thanks to the partnership between the Ministry of Education (MEN), UNICEF Madagascar and Airtel Madagascar

Joint press release

10 February 2023
Signature du contrat de partenariat Airtel-MEN-UNICEF
UNICEF Madagascar/2023/Andrianandrasana

Antananarivo, 10 February 2023 - The Ministry of Education, UNICEF Madagascar and Airtel Madagascar today signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding, aiming at facilitating access to digital learning in Madagascar. The 5-year partnership will initially be deployed to approximately 14,000 students in 15 public junior schools within Anosy, Atsimo Andrefana and Boeny regions. These students as well as the entire community, and all Airtel Madagascar network users, will have free access to the Ministry of Education's digital platform from anywhere and at any time in Madagascar.

This partnership agreement is the result of cooperation between UNICEF and Airtel Africa as the latter is part of UNICEF's "Re-imagining Education" initiative. The $57 million pan-African partnership benefits 13 countries including Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Madagascar.

Jointly implemented with the Ministry of Education, this initiative is breathing new life into the education sector by providing students and teachers with access to digital education, the importance of which has been reinforced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Indeed, the health crisis has highlighted the inequalities exacerbated by the digital divide. The closure of schools in 2020 has resulted in approximately 30% of students dropping out of school worldwide. The situation is even more difficult for those who do not have access to distance learning. The Education Transformation Summit, held in September 2022 in New York, was a turning point that emphasized the need to bridge the digital divide that is widening at the expense of developing countries.

This agreement brings together the expertise of UNICEF and Airtel Madagascar to support the Government in achieving the Velirano 4 goal of "education and culture for all".

UNICEF Madagascar welcomes this collaboration with the private sector to ensure quality, equitable and inclusive education for Malagasy children. The organization is committed to working alongside the government to ensure that, thanks to this partnership, more children and teenagers, even the most vulnerable, can directly benefit from this joint programme.

Airtel Madagascar, through this joint mobilization, expresses its commitment to Malagasy children and to the promotion of digital tools to raise the quality of education in Madagascar. This partnership underlines the importance of the private sector's commitment to improving access to quality education for every child and youth.

 

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Chief of Communication
UNICEF Madagascar
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Communication officer
UNICEF Madagascar

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