Internet.org today announced SocialEDU, a pilot project that will provide students in Rwanda with free access to a collaborative online education experience. Internet.org members Facebook and Nokia worked with the Government of Rwanda, Airtel and edX on a program to give students access to free, high-quality, localized educational content via low-cost smartphones.
Students in Rwanda will be able to access content via a Facebook integrated edX app, using free data provided by Airtel on smartphones subsidized by Nokia. To bring device prices down further, the Government of Rwanda will support innovative financing mechanisms, such as interest rate subsidies, micro-loan guarantees, trade-in rebates, and targeted use of its Universal Service Fund.
Read more about SocialEDU here.