“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
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.
TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE:
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.
The solution makes digital quality education accessible to students from low-income communities.
The Kio Kit can help educate low-income groups to enable socioeconomic growth.