Location: Brașov, Cluj, Ialomița, Ilfov, Vaslui and Vâlcea
Release year: 2018
Funding from the Vodafone Romania Foundation: EUR 460,000
Our project centers around teachers working in 10 primary and secondary rural schools, but also around students attending these schools. The number of beneficiaries extends to volunteers from different companies or institutions that are involved in the project activities, as well as children and adults from rural communities and the general public.
We primarily aim to help teachers and students in rural areas develop their digital skills by adopting classroom interactive working methods and digital content in education, paving their way for the labour market. They use an e-learning platform - www.scoaladinvaliza.ro and a mobile technology box, "Instant Classroom".
According to a study conducted by the World Economic Forum, even though robots and automation might lead to the disappearance of about 75 million jobs in the coming years, the new division of labour between humans, robots and algorithms could create 133 million new jobs.
We believe that the most important investment for the future is in the education of children and in preparing new generations to keep up with an ever-changing world.
Local statistics reveal that over 97 % of teachers in rural areas achieved a medium training level, and in recent years, the number of children in rural areas dropping out of school is almost twice as high than in urban areas.
The study "Investing in the education of children from rural areas" conducted in 2017, reveals that 90% of teachers in rural areas would like to attend training courses in the technological field, while 97 % of them believe that schools need to be equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Students are also cheering the importance of technology, 69% of them being in favour of computer-based learning.
Thanks to the e-learning platform www.scoaladinvaliza.ro and the "Instant Classroom" mobile box (consisting in a laptop, 25 tablets, a video projector, a sound system, a built-in equipment charging solution, a Wi-Fi router and a 4G modem), teachers working in the ten rural schools teach interactive lessons for all subjects.
The www.scoaladinvaliza.ro platform provides access both to an educational hub where over 500 educational resources and links are made available to the general public, as well as to a school-dedicated area. In this login area, the teacher creates digital lessons according to the subjects and classes taught, has access to livestreaming solutions, tutorials, webinars and forums. Thanks to the functionalities offered by the platform, the teacher can personally be digital content creator.
To further develop their digital skills, teachers are continually supported with training courses, both online and face-to-face.
The strategic partners' role is to contribute to the sustainable development of the project. IBM Romania offers free Design Thinking workshops and advice for and with teachers, while Vodafone Romania offers the 10 schools in the project free Wi-Fi internet access, covering both the cost of improving school infrastructure and the monthly connection fee. Vodafone volunteers are scrupulously involved in the project activities.
The project's impact is monitored and improved on an ongoing basis with the help of our beneficiaries and partners.
The project experiences every year a significant growth in the number of beneficiaries and outcomes. Thus, in 2019 we have moved from eight to ten schools, and the total number of project beneficiaries (teachers, students, volunteers, etc.) increased from 3,700 to 8,000.
In December 2019, 5,770 students (compared to 2,400 in 2018) and 320 teachers (compared to 200 in 2019) were enrolled on the platform; furthermore, 650 digital lessons have been created in 2019, compared to 370 in 2018.
The outcomes hereabove and the beneficiaries' feedback prove that the use of technology for educational purposes redesigns the students’ learning experience, children love going to school, they pay much more attention and are quick learners. This is because the classes have become more interactive, the students can interact more with their classmates and teachers, and they are more creative and connected to the learning process.
General description of 'School in a Box' project
Design Thinking Workshop supported by IBM and Vodafone Romania
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