Digital School in a Box

Digital Schools in a Box, serving 100 to 200 children each, are set up in schools and health centers in rural communities to give children access to quality, collaborative educational content.
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As part of its portfolio to enhance the outcome of universal primary education in Uganda, UNICEF is setting up 60 “Digital Schools in a Box” to reach the most marginalized groups. These digital schools, serving 100 to 200 children each, are set up in schools and health centers in rural communities where children spend most of their time so that they have access to quality educational content 24/7 and are more prone to learning in a collaborative manner. Each digital school is built around a solar-powered laptop with Internet connectivity, a projector, a speaker and a document camera.

At present, UNICEF procures items (i.e. laptop, speaker, projector, etc.) from different producers and assembles them into the box. This process can be onerous at times and may be hazardous in the long run when upgrades and repairs come into the picture. Thus, UNICEF would be interested in exploring collaborations to produce a technology innovation “integrated digital schools/digital schools in a box” which will be manufactured and deployed in Uganda.

The program has three specific goals:

  • Modify the design of current “digital schools”
  • Produce 50 upgraded “digital schools” in three to four months to pilot in Uganda
  • Mass-produce “digital schools” in Uganda and explore functions besides education (such as health and entertainment)

These digital schools will bring quality learning to thousands of children in rural Uganda. Outcomes of the initiative may be scaled to the East African community and other countries supported by UNICEF’s global network.