In a joint effort between the telecom users, Vodafone Romania and Vodafone Romania Foundation, EUR 160,000 were raised in total to support education. The School in a Box program has, thus, reached to 40 rural schools that will now have the means for digital education in the 2020/2021 school year.
Vodafone Romania Foundation has doubled the amount of users’ donations and recently finalised the acquisition process for 1,200 tablets. The devices are already on their way to the pupils in need from Alba, Arad, Argeș, Bacău, Brașov, Călărași, Cluj, Dâmbovița, Dolj, Galați, Iași, Mureș, Neamț, Timiș, Vâlcea and Vaslui counties.
In less than two months since the start of the “Together we leave no kid behind” campaign, Romanians showed their support by helping children in rural areas get equal access to education, thus reducing the gaps between different parts of the country and between various social categories. Nearly EUR 80,000 were raised through donations by people who understood that, together with Vodafone Romania, Vodafone Romania Foundation and in line with authorities’ initiatives, they can make a difference and support children and teachers around the country get access to qualitative digital educational resources.
Apart from the tablets acquired for pupils, distributed by World Vision Romania Foundation, starting with July 2020, the School in a Box platform content was enriched with over 40 new educational videos, created by teachers and specialists from different areas (creative writing, elocution, astronomy, chemistry, painting etc.) in order to make them better understand different subjects taught in school or to develop new skills.
“We are glad that so many people realized the importance of dedicated educational solutions and donated for a better future for the students. Their help was essential, as we managed to reach a larger number of schools faster than if we had done this on our own. It is important for society to realize that we can achieve great things, if we act together in a joint effort for good deeds. Given the scarcity of digital education tools in rural areas and the increasing need for access to digital education in the current context, we have decided to extend this educational initiative. Therefore, we encourage people to join us further in this endeavour and continue to donate these days in order to bring digital education in more rural schools, to more students in need. Sometimes, timing is essential, that’s why we need to act today”, stated Angela Galeța, Director of Vodafone Romania Foundation.
Vodafone Romania joined the effort of helping students in rural areas continue their studies in the 20/21 school year and benefit from a complete educational experience. The company is providing internet coverage for all schools in the “School in a box program”, along with SIMs for all tablets donated with free mobile data traffic for accessing www.scoaladinvaliza.ro and other educational platforms, like for example manuale.edu.ro, lectii-virtuale.ro, profesoronline.ro. Furthermore, students and teachers in the Vodafone network have free internet access to these platforms.
The “Together we leave no kid behind” campaign continues until 15 October 2020 and the donations to be raised will be used to extend “School in a box” to more students and teachers in rural areas of Romania who lack the means for digital education. All telecom users have the opportunity to contribute further in this joint initiative through SMS donations to 8846 or by using a credit card, while Vodafone Romania users can also donate directly from the existing credit in the extra option of the prepaid card or directly on their invoice for mobile services.
About “School in a Box”
Vodafone Romania Foundation launched “School in a Box” program in 2018, in an effort to bridge the educational gap between urban and rural parts of Romania. This program, run in partnership with World Vision Romania Foundation, represents a 360-degree approach to digital education. “School in a box” supports both pupils and teachers in rural areas to develop their digital skills by enabling them access to the e-learning platform www.scoaladinvaliza.ro, a tech suitcase equipped with tablets, laptops and Internet connectivity, but also through continuous professional training for teachers. We help teachers to be more confident in their own strengths, to create and support interactive digital lessons and, together with them, we support students be prepared for a labour market increasingly dominated by technology. By doing this, teachers have the possibility to transform the school and pupils learn with more pleasure, being ready for the world of the future. “School in a box” means accessible and qualitative digital education.
At the moment, the “School in a Box” program is carried out in 50 schools from rural areas of Romania.