Alba Barrionuevo.- Facebook has announced a new pilot project which pretends to bring free online education to Ruanda. The initiative, called SocialEDU and that wants to be a referent for further operations, was presented around Internet.org, a project which intention is that the Internet access is available for anyone around the world. This new programme’s objective is to provide a quality education to Ruanda inhabitants through an app designed by Facebook, taking as reference the success of massive courses on the Internet that permit offering a high quality and accessible education.
SocialEDU will come hand in hand with Nokia, which will offer hardware help by putting smartphones at the users’ reach, together with Airtel and Ruanda’s Government that will provide the data supply and financing, respectively. With all this, Airtel has marked the boundaries of a year of free Internet to the programme’s benefiters, for which the extents of this initiative are not yet clear. Furthermore, classes will be fruit of collaboration with edX universities’ aggrupation, which includes prestigious centres such as Harvard.
As Facebook Newsroom announces, the app will come integrated to Facebook, for which any student who wants to form part of this programme will have to create an account on the renowned social network to gain access to classes.
Translated by Clàudia Arqués