Climate Change

Global Challenge, Global Solutions: Kio Kit

The Kio Kit, a di­gital edu­ca­tion tool­box with solar powered capabilities, is en­abling schools in emer­ging mar­kets to ac­cess on­line edu­ca­tional tools for bet­ter learn­ing.

“Global Challenge, Global Solutions” is a series hosted on Climasphere highlighting inspiring, innovative, and creative global solutions to the challenge of climate change in the lead up to the next major climate conference, COP22. These solutions have been provided by members of the Earth To Marrakech coalition, a group of more than 50 media organizations, civil society groups, and businesses from around the world who are raising their voices in a collective call to move from words to action on climate change. Let’s send a message, from Earth To Marrakech: The solutions to climate change are out there, and they’re inspiring. 


Bringing Digital Learning into Any Classroom

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The Kio Kit is a ready-to-use box of di­gital edu­ca­tion tools de­signed for schools in low-in­come com­munit­ies in primar­ily emer­ging mar­kets. The kits come packed with 40 Kio tablets, preloaded with engaging educational content di­vided into three key sec­tions: aca­demic con­tent aligned to local cur­riculum, games that stim­u­late crit­ical think­ing, and con­tent fo­cused on re­spons­ible cit­izen­ship and en­vir­on­mental con­ser­va­tion.

Along with the tab­lets, the Kio Kit in­cludes a BRCK wire­less router de­signed for mo­bile use even with spotty elec­tri­city and In­ter­net ac­cess, solar charging capabilities, and a lock­able case. De­signed to be user friendly, par­tic­u­larly for chil­dren, BRCK tab­lets do not re­quire in­di­vidual cables for char­ging. In­stead, they are simply placed back into the Kio Kit, which charges them wire­lessly. With fin­an­cing, the Kio Kit can be pur­chased for as little as $250 per month. After launch­ing in late 2015, Kio Kits have already been de­ployed in six coun­tries.

RELEVANCE OF SOLUTION
Sixty-one mil­lion African chil­dren lack ac­cess to qual­ity edu­ca­tion.1 The reas­ons are man­i­fold, such as lack of learn­ing ma­ter­i­als or qual­i­fied teach­ers.2 Provid­ing chil­dren from low-in­come com­munit­ies with the Kio Kit ad­dresses these is­sues and en­ables stu­dents to use ICT to ac­cess learn­ing op­por­tun­it­ies.

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TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE:

ENVIRONMENTAL
The BRCK wi-fi device that comes stand­ard in every Kio Kit has bat­tery ca­pa­city to power the Kit’s tab­lets for 8 hours and can be re­charged via dir­ect solar char­ging.

SOCIAL
The solu­tion makes di­gital qual­ity edu­ca­tion ac­cess­ible to stu­dents from low-in­come com­munit­ies.

ECONOMIC
The Kio Kit can help edu­cate low-in­come groups to en­able so­cioeco­nomic growth.

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