Fund for digital education in Africa

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Digital education: a lever for growth and inclusion

The digital world, and specifically affordable access to the internet, is a priority among the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in 2015 to eradicate poverty and reduce global inequality.

Digital education is undeniably a lever for growth and inclusion. According to a United Nations study, however, there is still a large digital divide between the developed world and the developing world, with 3.9 billion people who do not have access to the internet.

This digital divide particularly affects Africa, with a rate of 18% without internet in 2017, as compared with 84% in Europe for example.

The Fund for Digital Education

The Fund for Digital Education in Africa is an initiative by the KBF Canada Foundation, Lachine Lab – l’Auberge Numérique, PME-Montreal and a number of individuals from the diaspora.

The Fund appeals to the philanthropy and solidarity of all members of the African diaspora and friends of Africa.

Its primary mission is to contribute towards the creation of resources to support education projects for African populations to give them tools so they can participate in the development of the digital economy, primarily in Senegal, and with a focus on women.

Key role of the diaspora

A number of individuals in the Senegalese diaspora are very closely involved with the project.

Cécile Thiakane and Moussa Sarr in particular are contributing their technical expertise and cultural knowledge, which are key factors for the success of the project.

Aims 

  • To transfer the concept of a Living Lab, a digital education centre, to Diamniadio near Dakar in Senegal, by creating the Diamniadio Lab;
  • To organise digital training sessions for local trainers in contact with citizens;
  • To provide support and coaching for the training courses that develop locally.

The African diaspora is closely involved in knowledge transfer and coaching for local projects. Arche Innovation will also accompany the project; Arche innovation supports optimization processes of open innovation strategies and transfer of knowledge both internally and externally.

Success indicators

  • Number of training sessions organised
  • Number of people reached
  • Local structure set up on a sustainable basis and ready to continue the project independently

How to support this project

By credit card: At the top right of this page, indicate the amount you wish to donate, and make the donation online by credit card. Simple and fast!

By check: Mail the check to the KBF CANADA Foundation, mention ‘Project C304 : Fund for digital education in Senegal‘ inthe ‘For’ section and send it to: KBF Foundation CANADA, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 1670, MONTREAL, QC, H3B 2B6 – CANADA.

By Direct Deposit: Send an email to the KBF CANADA Foundation info@kbfcanada.ca or call +1 514.481.2000.

All donations are eligible for a tax receipt in Canada.

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