A woman and children in one of the shelter camps in Metuge, a space housing displaced people fleeing armed violence in northern Mozambique, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, 16 August 2021| Photo: EPA/LUISA NHANTUMBO
A woman and children in one of the shelter camps in Metuge, a space housing displaced people fleeing armed violence in northern Mozambique, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, 16 August 2021| Photo: EPA/LUISA NHANTUMBO

The OTB Foundation of designer and entrepreneur Renzo Rosso -- co-founder of the Diesel brand -- and the UN refugee agency have announced a partnership for the construction of a new school in Mozambique. The initiative is part of the "Instant Network Schools" program for the education of refugee children.

Ahead of Children's Rights Day on Saturday (November 20), the OTB Foundation of designer and entrepreneur Renso Rosso, co-founder of the Diesel Brand, and UNHCR announced on Tuesday (November 16) a partnership to build a school in Mozambique.

The project is part of the "Instant Network Schools" program for the education of refugee children.

Transforming classrooms in refugee camps into multimedia centers

The aim of the program is to overcome inequality in internet access and education and help to grant all refugees an education of quality.

The partnership between OTB and UNHCR was created to pursue this objective by transforming classrooms in refugee camps or in remote villages into multimedia centers with internet access, fueled with solar power.

The project reportedly includes a program to train teachers to use online educational content and will offer an education to over 2,000 children, led by 128 teachers and two coaches.

Each class of the new school will have an Instant Classroom kit with 25 tablets, a laptop, a projector and a sound system.

Two other schools were launched this year by UNHCR in Mozambique, serving a population of nearly 9,000 students and over 200 teachers.

New common project after Refugee Housing Unit in Niger

Renzo Rosso said "we are convinced that youths represent the future. For this reason OTB Foundation has long supported organizations focusing on minors and has also donated hundreds of tablets to different schools in Italy with the objective of providing technical support to remote learning."

"Our foundation realizes integration projects at an international, national and local level. We have already collaborated with UNHCR for the project Refugee Housing Unit, and given housing units in Niger, which are functional and long-lasting, for some 100 refugees," Rosso said.

 

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