Bridging the Digital Divide to Foster Effective Learning

Learning Equality's response to COVID-19

In response to learners around the world out of school and at home, our team is working on a series of resources to support continued learning during COVID-19. Updates will be shared here on a regular basis: We hope you are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.

Learning Equality's response to COVID-19

Our Mission

Learning Equality is committed to enabling every person in the world to realize their right to a quality education, by supporting the creation, adaptation and distribution of open educational resources, and creating supportive tools for innovative pedagogy.

1 in 3

Children around the world lack access to a quality basic education


We believe

Education is both the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and opening the door to human flourishing. There are now more quality, free, open educational resources online than ever before. However...

Cycle of poverty

4.5 billion are disconnected

This is the divide. The 60% of the world who could benefit the most from open educational resources and supporting pedagogical tools lack the connectivity needed to access them.

No Wifi

For learners to realize their right to quality education means that anyone, anywhere—online or offline—can access it. We realized the potential emerging out of four converging trends:


1. Open Educational Resources

More and more learning materials are being released under Creative Commons licenses, which allows them to be shared, used, and remixed freely. These Open Educational Resources (OER) now feature an increasing number of digital curricula.

Cost Effective

2. Low Cost Computing

The cost of hardware is decreasing much faster than the cost of Internet bandwidth; devices like the Raspberry Pi and low-cost Android tablets open up computing to more users than ever before.

Pedagogical tools

3. Pedagogical tools

Technology is paving the way to build supportive tools for aiding classroom instruction to help reach the various levels of all students.


4. Sneakernet Sharing

With limited internet connectivity, content and software can be distributed through existing human networks, carried on USB sticks and portable devices to be shared with others and accessed over local networks.

Leveraging these trends, we build and support educational tools that are:

Flexible and Lightweight

Flexible and Lightweight

In order to enable access for as many people as possible, our tools are designed to run on a broad diversity of devices, ranging from repurposed hardware to a wide variety of new low-cost devices.


Empowering for Communities

Every person, community, or country knows its own needs and values best. Our role is to collaborate in supporting self-fulfilment, not to dictate solutions. We strive to create tools to allow people to learn, teach, create, and share on their own terms.

Designed for Everyone

Designed for Everyone

Our tools aim to support diverse user needs in a variety of contexts. We work with our partners to understand and support the needs of contexts such as orphanages, schools, correctional facilities, refugee camps, and homes.

Kolibri tablet


Our next-generation platform

Kolibri is an open-source educational platform and toolkit designed for low-resource communities. Like KA Lite, Kolibri is built to run on a lightweight local server, but with a growing library of open educational resources and the tools to adapt them to the local curriculum.

We have reached millions of learners with KA Lite all around the globe, and we'll reach millions more with Kolibri! Read about those who shared their story with us and share your own!

Reports and Outcomes

Our collaborators have observed improved learning outcomes in the communities in which they work. Read about the studies conducted in places such as Guatemala, India, and Cameroon below.

Improved Math Skills in Guatemala

Assessing the use of technology and Khan Academy to improve educational outcomes in Sacatepéquez, Guatemala


Transforming Education in Cameroon

Preliminary results from a study carried out in Cameroon on the impact of Khan Academy on Children's academic achievement and cognitive abilities


Incentives for Effort or Outputs?

A field experiment to improve student performance in India


Connected Education

Vodafone Foundation's work towards Quality Education, a UN Sustainable Development Goal