The future of learning is social and edX is helping to build it in Africa.
EdX is part of an exciting new pilot with Facebook that will provide students in Rwanda with free access to a collaborative online education experience. SocialEDU was announced by Facebook at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday.
Facebook and edX want to use the power of social tools to improve education where increased access to portable learning can provide students new opportunities to reach their goals. We are proud to be part of the team -- including Facebook, Airtel, Nokia, and the Government of Rwanda -- that will deliver free, high-quality, localized educational content on handheld devices. EdX will also work with Facebook to build a mobile app that is integrated with Facebook features to deliver a pilot course on affordable smartphones. EdX will work with the Rwandan government to adapt course materials for local students.
EdX knows how powerful its courses can be to students in the developing world. Nearly half of our 2 million students come from developing countries and 10 percent of our students live in Africa. We’ve heard their stories about the impact edX courses have had on their lives and our vision is to impact many more.
We’re proud to be part of the team building the social future of education.