Vision

  • We work towards a world where high-quality educational content is affordable to all and widely available.
  • Where off-grid communities and households can access information and educational apps using smartphones charged by home solar power.

Beta

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Apps for education~200Mb
102 story books at level 1 reading50Mb
132 story books at level 2 reading50Mb
192 story books at level 3 reading50Mb
151 story & text books at Level 4+ reading30Mb
50 classics, including religious. 500Mb
First Aid & Anatomy1Mb
Media & Cultural, Geography?Mb
Wikipedia 50k articles taken from all subject areas. En, Fr, Uk5900Mb
Business & Economics ?Mb
History of the World, History of Art ?Mb
Art, Design, Performance, Writing ?Mb
Music texts?Mb
Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology ?Mb
Computers &Code?Mb
Engineering, Metal working, Electrical, Mechanical?Mb
Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Ecology, Permaculture?Mb
Software: Bohdi Linux, USB writer, Kiwix reader?Mb

What we’re doing

We’re developing a ‘product’ which is a 32GB microSD card full of educational apps, Textbooks and searchable copies of Wikipedia. You insert it into an Android phone, install the apps from the SD card and access the learning materials at your own pace.

The primary use case is an African or African diaspora audience, so content is available in

+17% Arabic (Ar), 13%  English (En) , 11.5%  French (Fr), 10% Swahili (Sw),+5%  Hausa (Ha)

Amharic (Am), Berber (Ber), Portuguese (Pt), Oromo (Om), Igbo (ig), Yoruba (Yo) Zulu (Zu)  Shona.(Sn)

Version 0.1 of the content is available to download here for testing/ feedback. You can preview here 

The Zip is ~29Gb allowing space for an optional.OBF for the destination country added to /Android/Data/net.OsmAnd/ to give offline mapping.

Reader can read texts as audio

Background

There remain millions of people without access to education or training throughout Africa and worldwide.

Smartphones are rapidly becoming commonplace, even for those living off-grid but internet access remains patchy and expensive.

There exist a broad range of Open Educational Resources, Wikipedia, and a large range of open resources created by educators, schools & universities

There are a number of efforts to share these resources with offline communities, but most of these focus on institutional settings, mainly of course schools. These efforts (Library in a box, Internet in a box etc) are great at what they do, but to date there have been no efforts to target individuals and home users with content, using the Android computing device they already own. The content bundles often tend to include CC-BY-NC content which means local partners are unable to sell content.

We’re keen to hear from professional educators, French and Arabic speakers who can help refine our content selection.

The content reading system is developed by Kiwix

This year we’re planning to

Complete v1 content

Set up Open Collective page

Secure funding for upfront costs for 100 sample SD cards – (Crowdfunding? Grant funding? – Get in touch if you have ideas) The idea is to develop a social enterprise model, so the donation-based work should kickstart ongoing work.

Flash 100 cards with content and distribute them to Ukrainian refugees.

Set up an online shop with an order page for cards.

Package cards in retail packaging and post 2 cards to 50 phone shops in targetted African towns, with an online link for them to re-order.

Post 5 demo cards to 20 potential supporters, partners, and influencers.

Core ~29GB

  • Childrens books in (en, ar, fr, pt) ~2Gb
  • Android apps in (en, ar, fr, pt) 2.5GB
  • EN Wikipedia 5.9GB, Wikimed 1.5GB, Wikipedia for schools 1.1GB, Appropedia 0.49GB
  • FR Wikipedia 4.4GB, Wikimed 0.5GB,
  • AR Wikipedia 2.2GB, Wikimed 0.5GB,
  • PT Wikipedia 2.3GB, Wikimed 0.2GB,
  • African languages Wikipedias 0.6GB
  • Textbooks in English ~2.8GB

Addons

  • OSMand file per country ~1GB per country
  • Software 1.2GB

Similar projects

https://www.kajou.io/en/ – Seems promising from Libre San Frontier only other people targeting MicroSD – They haven’t replied to any of my emails over the years.

https://worldpossible.org/ Great hotspot project, works on a Pi or expensive boxes. Aggressively Non Commercial (NC)

https://internet-in-a-box.org/ looks like a great content selection, much NC included. Wonder if Ansible is overcomplicated

Volunteer!

Content Curation

We have a pretty good beta, but it can always be improved. In particular developing content bundles in French and Arabic would be helpful.

Social media help

Someone is needed to help plan a social strategy, identify influencers, manage a Facebook page

Organisational Sponsorship

If your University, Non-Profit, or company can sponsor the project then we’ll list you on the main introductory page of the content library. Sponsorship will enable us to devote more time to the project.

Grant funding

We’re keen to hear from grant funders who are interested in this work.

Individual donors

Any money donated by individuals through the Open Collective page will be used to buy, install & ship hardware to Africa or refugee camps. You can track how resources are used on the Open Collective page.

    Kiwix reader can read Wikipedia aloud