- TOKYO, Japan, and LONDON, UK, November 17, 2021 -
Epson and World Mobile (WM) have agreed to partner to support education and bring new opportunities to unconnected schools in Africa. The project has got off the ground with network connectivity from WM and printers and projectors from Epson installed in schools that have until now been left off the grid in some regions of Zanzibar, Tanzania. This agreement reaffirms the two companies' commitment to direct action that helps achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In this case, SDG4 Quality Education, SDG9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and SDG17 Partnership for the Goals.
Forodhani school is located in Stone Town, Zanzibar. With around 700 pupils, the school has been left offline by traditional telecom operators, meaning that teachers and children at the school have not had the infrastructure or opportunities that are taken for granted in many regions of the world. Building on the low-cost wireless network introduced by World Mobile, Epson Europe provided the school with an Epson EcoTank ET-4700 inkjet printer and an Epson EB-982W projector for education, bringing digital technologies to the classroom for the first time and opening a new world of opportunity.
When we first visited Kiwengwa School, situated in a small village in the northeast of Zanzibar, the students were learning about the internet without the ability to actually go online so to see their faces once they were connected was priceless. Everything they had been learning suddenly became a reality.
"We are so excited to begin this partnership with Epson," said Micky Watkins, CEO of World Mobile. "It's crucial to us that we share the same values as our partners. Epson has an impressive track record in sustainability and education. This partnership will help spread the word on our mission to connect Africa in a sustainable way and give teachers and students additional learning tools."
"This project is not about Epson or World Mobile, it's about focusing on until now disadvantaged local communities and providing the people there with opportunities to flourish," said Henning Ohlsson, Sustainability Director of Epson Europe. "We firmly believe that providing a quality education for all is a key goal to achieve a sustainable society, and we are delighted to work with our friends at World Mobile to do our part. We have just started this project, but we hope that other partners will join us to create a positive cycle that benefits everyone involved."
Although the project is still in its early stages, both Epson and World Mobile are aiming to attract new partners and provide similar opportunities for communities and schools across the region.
About World Mobile Group
World Mobile Group is on a mission to connect everyone, everywhere. With nearly four billion people left offline, digital exclusion is a significant problem. Unlike traditional mobile networks, World Mobile Group is run by the people for the people, so anyone can connect their community to the Internet and share the rewards. In partnership with IOG, World Mobile Group is creating a more sustainable future for all.
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to co-creating sustainability and enriching communities by leveraging its efficient, compact, and precision technologies and digital technologies to connect people, things, and information. The company is focused on solving societal issues through innovations in home and office printing, commercial and industrial printing, manufacturing, visual and lifestyle. Epson will become carbon negative and eliminate use of exhaustible underground resources such as oil and metal by 2050.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the worldwide Epson Group generates annual sales of around JPY 1 trillion.