Avanti

Avanti Communications is the project lead for iKnowledge. Avanti is a leading global satellite operator based in London (U.K.) specialising in the provision of broadband Internet services for end-users and backhaul services to sites located in rural areas.  Avanti owns radio spectrum assets and operates a fleet of satellites (HYLAS 1, HYLAS 2, and ARTEMIS) with ground network assets to deliver high speed data communications services in Europe, Middle East and Africa. The company was formed in 1995 and has consistently demonstrated its ability to exploit the results of R&D projects by leveraging R&D grants with funding from the financial markets to commercialise new concepts.

 
 

UK Space Agency  is the funding body for the project and is an executive agency of the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, based in Swindon, London and the UK Space Gateway in Oxfordshire. The Agency’s responsibilities include leading the UK civil space policy, building a strong national space capability, including scientific and industrial centres of excellence, working on national and international space projects in co-operation with industry and academia while coordinating strategic investments.

 
 

Infinity Africa Limited Ltd. is the project’s internet Service Provider based in Tanzania with at least 4 years’ experience installing and providing Ka-band satellite broadband services for a variety of markets including governmental, enterprise, small businesses and homes. Infinity Africa is also the support Service Provider for schools in the project.

 
 

Camara Education Ltd. is a registered organisation in Tanzania with skillset to undertake ICT training for school teachers in Tanzania. Camara is an international organisation dedicated to using technology to improve education and livelihood skills in disadvantaged communities around the world. With better education Camara expects these communities to break the cycle of poverty they find themselves in. Founded nine years ago in Dublin, Ireland the organisation has built a proven model of ‘education delivery’ that is both sustainable and highly scalable. 700,000 children in poor communities have been made digitally literate by Camara over this period.

 
 

The Tanzania Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF) has been established by Universal Communications Service Access Act, 2006 with the key objective to foster social and economic development in rural and urban areas through ICT intervention. The mission of the fund is to facilitate and coordinate communication services access to rural and urban underdeveloped areas through partnership with sector players so as to achieve social economic development in line with Tanzania development Vision 2025 goals.

 
 

Discovery Learning Alliance (DLA) uses the power of media to transform education and improve lives in marginalised communities around the world. DLA has opened new doors to learning in 16 countries. DLA’s school-based interventions increase student retention, enrolment, attendance and learning, and critically – student motivation. By building the capacity of teachers, DLA’s approach transforms schools into centres of learning for students and communities. Through mass media, DLA is able to address critical education, development and public health issues for tens of millions of people in the developing world. Through innovation and partnership, DLA empowers children to achieve their full potential, because education changes everything.

 
 

International Organisation Collaborations

The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT) is a government body responsible for promoting education and vocational training in Tanzania. Their main functions are to supervise, manage pre-primary, primary, secondary, special education, adult education, national vocational training, teacher education, school inspection and planning and coordination of all educational plans.

Tanzanian Education Authority (TEA) is a corporate body established to manage the Education Fund in Tanzania. TEA is committed to ensure quality, equity and access to education. The monies collected are used to facilitate improvement of quality in education provision, increasing access and promoting equity in education provision at all levels.

 
 

Monitoring & Evaluation Partners

Ace Africa, a registered non-profit company in Tanzania, is the iKnowledge M&E partner. With effective M&E systems at the core, Ace Africa has reached over 1 million beneficiaries since 2003 and received a number of international development awards. Operational research partners include Universities of Washington, Duke and Tulane. Ace Africa undertakes internal and external baseline researches and evaluations apart from developing digital-based M&E systems for short and long term projects.

 

Jigsaw Consult is a social enterprise working in the international development sector, helping organisations to enhance development outcomes through evaluation, research and learning. Established in 2010, Jigsaw Consult have delivered engagements for over 50 clients in more than 30 countries. The team provides monitoring and evaluation advice to iKnowledge, drawing on extensive experience in assessing the effectiveness of using technology in education in low-resource environments.