iKnowledge ICT project wins  ‘changing lives’ award

21May 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
iKnowledge ICT project wins  ‘changing lives’ award

AVANTI Communications Group plc, the leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa has won the “Changing Lives” award for its innovative iKnowledge Project in East Africa 2018.

iKnowledge is a project known and associated with establishment of digital classrooms in schools in Tanzania as well as the introduction of high-speed satellite internet to rural and sub-urban schools which facilitate ICT training and digital skills for teachers. It also provides educational content to both primary and secondary schools.

The project is driving improved educational outcomes for Tanzanian teachers and students and is funded by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP) and Avanti and supported by international and local partners, including the Tanzanian Ministry of Education, Tanzanian Education Authority, President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government and Universal Communications Service Access Fund.

Through the project, teachers and students can access satellite broadband via Avanti’s HYLAS 2 satellite, which provides 100% coverage of Tanzania. Broadband is installed and supported through local Internet Service Providers (ISPs), while the ICT hardware, digital skills training, and educational content are delivered in partnership with Avanti, Camara Education Tanzania, and Discovery Learning Alliance.

iKnowledge has connected over 310 primary and secondary schools across 25 regions in Tanzania, bridging the digital divide for up to 216,000 students. The project, which has been running for three years now has positively impacted teachers and students in remote schools. Through satellite internet connectivity and ICT training, teachers can now access the latest educational content online and deliver it straight into classrooms.

Graham Peters, Managing Director of Avanti Government, said: “We’re delighted that the iKnowledge Project has been recognised within the industry”.

He said through Avanti’s high-speed satellite broadband, coupled with innovative thinking and collaboration with project partners, iKnowledge has been able to make teachers and pupils become digital citizens of Tanzania.

The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme uses UK space expertise to deliver innovative solutions to real-world problems across the globe. IPP seeks to maximise the practical impact on the lives of those living in developing countries by partnering with developing countries to use space solutions to solve their specific development challenges, and in doing so increase their capacity.