Category SDG4 Quality Education

Big Data to tackle grand challenges: A look at IBM Research Africa’s projects

17 May is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day with the theme “Big Data for Big Impact.” ITU and our members are exploring how Big Data can help solve the world’s biggest challenges.  IBM Research Africa is currently working on a wide range of development projects across Africa, using Big Data to make headway towards achieving the United […]

Dubai-based ‘edtech’ startup breaks new ground in youth education

Asafeer Education Technologies, a Dubai-based educational technology (“edtech”) startup that provides online learning resources focusing on enhancing Arabic literacy skills of school kids, was awarded the Transforming Education Prize at the annual Seedstars Summit in early April. The concept of building an audible Arabic digital library came to founder and CEO Amr Abu-Hmeidan when he was having difficulty […]

Can we turn the digital revolution into a development revolution?

Today, 3.9 billion people – more than half of the world’s population – do not have access to Internet. This is unacceptable. It deepens existing social and economic divides while creating new ones. The digital revolution must be a development revolution for all. To translate today’s technological breakthroughs into development breakthroughs, we need to harness […]

Mobile learning week: 3 projects mobilizing technology to empower refugees

In Ritsona refugee camp in Greece, a Syrian refugee types in the Arabic words for “phone credit” into a free translation app on his smart phone. Instantly, the correct pronunciation in Greek is read out to him. After a few times practicing these new words, he visits the nearest store to top up his prepaid […]

SchoolApply startup uses AI to drive access to education

A mother was on the phone, crying. She could not contain her gratitude: her son had just been accepted to university thanks, in part, to a new startup called SchoolApply. “We really want to open up the world for students,” says Daniel Bjarne, CEO and Co-Founder of SchoolApply, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and search functionality […]

How ‘Tawasol’ project leverages ICTs to expand STEM education in Tunisia

Tunisia may be geographically small, but it is historically big. Its 3,000 years of history have been filled with several milestones shaping the country into what it is today. Now, Tunisia is working hard to accelerate the pace of its development. It has seen impressive progress, but there remains a wide gap between urban and rural areas in several […]

Evolution of a startup: How Souktel uses mobile phones to improve lives

As an international aid worker, Jacob Korenblum couldn’t help but see what was driving the cycle of poverty in the Middle East. Unemployment was rampant — particularly among young people. The problem wasn’t always a lack of jobs. Often they were available. But with limited Internet access, no reliable communication link existed between the labor supply and […]