Facebook, edX team up to release education app abroad
- 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.
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.