HP Inc. Delivers on Its Promise Of a Global Education For The Most Disadvantaged
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ) has a long commitment to improving education for those in the developing world. In 2016, it improved learning for over four million students. It has now announced the new HP School Cloud, featuring the HP Open Learning Platform that will provide access to educational resources and apps to students, teachers and adult learners in rural and poor communities globally. The new program will benefit even more students than last year by providing access to a wide and relevant range of educational content and materials. The HP School Cloud will ensure that aspiring students develop the skills for the jobs of tomorrow, even those without reliable Internet access. HP wants to reach one million learners by 2020 and is partnering with Intel to seed over 1,700 HP School Clouds to schools in developing countries. The technology will pilot in The Kilgoris Project schools in Kenya and in schools in Malawi, Africa, this autumn.
The HP School Cloud will open up a range of free, open source educational material from OpenStax to students; and schools without Internet access can simply install an HP School Cloud, which will give them easy access. It equips teachers with the ability to monitor and measure individual progress of students in a secure environment. All the resources will be compatible with international curriculums and instructional standards.
HP is forging ahead, partnering with the Global Business Coalition for Education and Education Cannot Wait, the first global movement and fund dedicated to education in emergencies, to explore where new technologies could be most needed to support students and teachers in other countries affected by conflicts, natural disasters and protracted crises. HP will also partner with Microsoft to launch AppFactory, to help improve the state of software development and to bring quality learning, IT skills development, and entrepreneurship training to the people living in the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi. Plus, it has also opened two HP Learning Studios in Jordan, in collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), InZone and CARE. The studios are located in Amman and at the Azraq Refugee Camp, with a third studio to open in the town of Azraq.
In times of displacement, education is crucial. It can foster social cohesion, provide access to life-saving information, address psychosocial needs and offer a stable and safe environment for those who need it most. It helps people to rebuild their communities and pursue productive, meaningful lives. Of the 16 million refugees under UNHCR’s care, six million are of school-going age between 5 and 17. Yet, access to education for this marginalised group is limited. More than half, 3.7 million, have no school to go to, while some 1.75 million refugee children are not in primary school and 1.95 million refugee adolescents are not in secondary school.
HP is delivering on its promise of a global education for the most disadvantaged. The company’s recent announcements mark a significant step in furthering its goal of improving learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025.
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