The past months have been all about adapting our lives, our ways of working, learning, communicating and even our ways of socializing. More than ever, everything is now related to technology and connectivity.
Unfortunately, one of three pupils did not have access to educational resources during the pandemic crisis. This means unequal access to education caused by the lack of digital tools & knowledge, which lead to significant gaps between different parts of the country and between various social categories with a large number of kids and teachers left behind.
With less than two months until the start of the 2020/2021 school year and giving the pandemic context, there are many uncertain things regarding the way all children across Romania will have equitable access to education.
Starting today, Vodafone’s mission to support the digitization of the Romanian society opens a new chapter as the company is launching the “Together we leave no kid behind” brand campaign to support the pupils get access to online education this autumn.
“This is a crucial moment for the future of the Romanian digital society. I think it is very important to take action now and, together with our customers and in line with authorities’ initiatives, support all children and teachers get access to qualitative digital educational resources this September. Only by acting together, we will manage to succeed in this new context. Despite the fact that the pandemic situation affected our business plans as well for this year, we considered investments in education should be a priority in order to support the future of Romania. Digitisation should be a priority for every actor on this market, whether we talk about companies, authorities or individuals and we should all focus on minimizing the gaps between rural and urban and the ones between the different social categories. Education should be the same for everybody and we will contribute to make this thing possible”, stated Murielle Lorilloux, CEO Vodafone Romania.
Besides the acquisition of devices by Vodafone Foundation, Vodafone contributes with free data connectivity for the children and valuable educational content, while upgrading the current “School in a Box” platform features.
Both Vodafone users and users from other mobile networks have now the opportunity to involve in this educational initiative by joining the common effort to help children get access to education. People have the options to donate any amount to extend the “School in a Box”, a program of Vodafone Romania Foundation and World Vision Romania Foundation that provides the necessary means for digital classes. Vodafone Romania Foundation will double the total donations amount raised by the end of campaign. All mobile users can donate via SMS 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. The campaign will take place until September 15.
Vodafone Romania Foundation launched “School in a Box” program in 2018. Currently, there are 5,300 children from 22 schools in 11 counties from Romania benefiting from this educational solution. Education represents one of the main areas in which the Foundation is constantly investing.
More details about the campaign are available here.
Vodafone Romania is part of Vodafone Group, a leading technology communications company keeping society connected and building a digital future for everyone.
Vodafone is focused on two scaled and differentiated regional platforms in Europe and Africa. We operate mobile and fixed networks in 22 countries and partner with mobile networks in 48 more.
We connect for a better future. We are optimistic about how technology and connectivity can enhance the future and improve people’s lives. Through our business, we aim to build a digital society that enhances socio-economic progress, embraces everyone and does not come at the cost of our planet. That is why we have committed to improve one billion lives and halve our environmental impact by 2025.
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Vodafone Romania Foundation is a Romanian non-governmental organization, with charitable status, distinct and independent of the company’s commercial operations, founded in 1998. Over more than 20 years of activity, the Vodafone Romania Foundation has funded 1,168 programs run by 765 NGOs throughout the country, in the fields of healthcare, education and social services. These projects had more than 3 million beneficiaries – children, young and elderly people, physically, socially, or economically disadvantaged people. So far, the Vodafone Romania Foundation has invested 31 million euros in projects run by non-profit partner organizations. More details about the Foundation’s programs are available at www.fundatia-vodafone.ro, http://jurnaldebine.fundatiavodafone.ro/ and www.facebook.com/fundatiavodafone