Ericsson has partnered with Chilean provider Entel to launch a new education initiative for students in rural areas of the Latin American country. Offered in partnership with Millennium Promise and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the Connect To Learn program will provide connectivity to three schools that previously did not have access to technology in education.
Through Connect To Learn, mobile broadband connectivity has been implemented in the Arturo Prat Chacón secondary school as well as two primary schools, all located in rural Ninhue, in the Bío Bío Region of southern Chile. The program in the Arture Prat Chacón school also includes online educational resources, a cloud-computing solution in a low-maintenance and easy-to-use model and relevant training for teachers.
The technology deployed gives students and teachers access to 21st-century educational tools and resources, and the ability to connect to other schools around the world to foster collaborative learning, cross-cultural understanding and global awareness. The program will use a cloud-based computing solution and mobile broadband technology to improve educational opportunities for rural students, particularly females.
Manuel Araya, Corporate Affairs Manager, Entel, says, "With Connect To Learn, students and teachers benefit from access to global news, information and the latest educational content, and can collaborate with fellow students and teachers around the world, despite their remote location."
Carla Belitardo, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Ericsson Latin America, says, "Mobile broadband is a key enabler for access to a quality education in all communities, even the most rural. Delivering cloud-based computing services and connecting them is a major step toward bringing quality education."
Since 2010, Connect To Learn has been deployed to help students in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Brazil Senegal and Djibouti helping students access quality learning resources for a 21st-century education.