Bringing high speed satellite internet connectivity and digital skills training to teachers in Tanzanian schools

Click on the link to download: The iKnowledge Project - Avanti Case Study

The Challenge
Schools in Tanzania are often located in underserved areas, beyond the reach of traditional network infrastructure. Over 100,000 teachers struggle to access up-to-date teaching materials and lack sufficient ICT training, directly impacting future employment prospects for teachers and learning outcomes for students.

The Solution
The iKnowledge project, led by Avanti Communications, has deployed high speed broadband connectivity to 250 schools across Tanzania. The project provides digital skills training for teachers and educational resources that can be used in the classroom for students.

The broadband is deployed via Avanti’s Ka-band HYLAS 2 satellite with 100% coverage of Tanzania, with local Service Provider Infinity Africa providing the service and installing the VSAT system. The ICT hardware, digital training and educational software are delivered in partnership with Avanti and Camara Education Tanzania. The project is funded under the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Space Programme (IPSP).

The Results
There have been many positive outcomes from the iKnowledge project, such as improvement in the level of digital literacy and quality of teaching in core curriculum subjects, through a sustainable training model of ‘Train the Trainer’, which has the capacity to train 5,000 teachers. The overall project will also benefi t 150,000 students who now have access to the latest digital education.

Additionally, the schools involved in iKnowledge are working with Tyndall University in Dublin to promote the Young Scientists Tanzania competition, encouraging interest in science for girls. Using Skype, the students do joint experiments with the university and communicate with other schools involved in the project.

The project has also implemented community Wi-Fi hotspots, allowing community members to buy internet data packages, generating revenue that subsidises broadband access at the schools.

Click on the link to download: The iKnowledge Project - Avanti Case Study