Brief

Facebook, edX team up to release education app abroad

Dive Brief:

  • Facebook is rolling out a pilot online education program in Rwanda, and edX is working with the company to provide localized material.
  • The telecom company Airtel will give free educational data for a year to those who sign up; Nokia will offer discounted smartphones.
  • The collaboration is part of Internet.org, the partnership between Facebook and mobile telecom companies meant to expand Internet access.

Dive Insight:

While many associate Rwanda with the genocide of 20 years ago, the country is trying to make a name for itself as a technology center. A government plan recognizes the challenges but lays out its ambitious vision for the future. These educational efforts can only help further that goal.

Filed Under: Higher Ed K12 Technology Online Learning