It’s also connecting schoolchildren in South Africa. And has enabled distance learning in Senegal during the pandemic.
Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman of Huawei, says: “The goal of this initiative is to make sure that every person can benefit from digital technology. We want to help make quality education available everywhere, anytime and to everyone.”
Belgium-based ‘Close the Gap’ is also helping to get technology to communities in need.
It recycles European computers, tablets and smartphones, giving them a new lease of life.
Olivier Vanden Eynde, CEO, Close the Gap, says: “COVID-19 has really created, I would say, a kind of digital poverty that came to the surface now, in all societies. And new opportunities are coming up, to all step together in actually making the new normal actually also a prosperous one for the left-behinds.”
According to UNESCO, 14 percent of households in Europe don’t have internet access and 22 percent do not have access to a computer, limiting things like distance learning, .
In Spain, a special SmartBus has been helping children access and navigate the online world.
Maria Luisa Melo, Public Affairs and Communications Director of Huawei Spain, says: “Huawei has been working in Europe for 20 years. And the SmartBus project is a pioneer project, that we developed here in Spain, but has also been exported to other European countries, such as Portugal, Belgium and Luxembourg.”
Back in Kenya, DigiTruck Trainee Carolyn Onesmus is now hoping to set up her own beauty business: “When I think of all the training that I did, when I think of the business, I feel so excited indeed. Yeah, I’m happy!”