President Michael D. Higgins availed of a fortuitous coincidence to learn about IADT’s School in a Box during his recent visit to UNESCO in Paris. Having delivered his address to delegates from 195 member states, President Higgins visited IADT’s stand at UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week exhibition and enjoyed a briefing on School in a Box from IADT researcher, Philip Penny.
Mobile Learning Week aims to explore how mobile learning can make a unique contribution to achieving the Education for All (EFA) goals of increasing education access, quality and equality.
IADT’s School in a Box overcomes one of the fundamental obstacles to deploying mobile technologies in developing countries – the lack, or very limited supply, of electricity. Its’ portable solar panels provide the electricity to support an iPad and a projector - creating a powerful teaching and learning tool which can be used even in areas of poor infrastructure. School in a Box is already deployed in South Africa, Nepal and Gabon, while a pilot deployment in Mozambique is planned for 2013 with support from UNESCO.