Vodacom SDG Report 2020

4 Vodafone Group UN SDGs | 2020 KEY TARGETS 4.1 By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes. 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. 4.5 By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations. Quality Education GOAL KEY HIGHLIGHTS 4 • In Mozambique, the Vodacom Foundation trained up to 150 000 learners and members of the community on digital skills connected 50 schools to the internet and provided 2 500 GB of free data through the Vodacom Faz Crescer. • In South Africa and Lesotho, Vodacom provided discounted data packages to universities to promote blended learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The data costs were absorbed by the universities. • In the DRC, Mozambique and Tanzania, the usage of Vodacom Instant Schools (an online learning platform) increased significantly during the COVID-19 lockdown period. • The Vodacom e-School platform exceeded one million registered users in March 2020 during lockdown in South Africa. The platform has curriculum-aligned educational material for grades R to 12 learners and is free to all Vodacom customers. OUR RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC OUR COMMITMENT Vodacom leverages digital solutions to provide affordable and quality education to learners. The provision of free or subsidised education resources and technology – particularly to marginalised groups including refugees – offers enhanced opportunities to achieve academic success and therefore improved life opportunities. With schools being closed during the COVID-19 lockdown, Vodacom provided free access to government educational resources, as well as other educational resources recommended by the national educational authorities and academic institutions. Connecting over six million lives through our education programmes by 2025 in South Africa. Vodacom’s school management application is used in 11 800 schools in Nigeria and South Africa. More than 7 million learner attendances were captured on the School Management Platform. In Tanzania, the Instant School platform has reached more than 66 300 learners and teachers. Vodacom provided 300 virtual classrooms in South Africa promoting access to digital learning. In Mozambique, 12 libraries in eight provinces were equipped with 240 computers, 6 400 books and internet connectivity. The Vodacom Foundation provided 3 000 schools with ICT equipment and connectivity at no cost. The Vodacom Foundation spent over R8.6 million on free connectiv- ity to 92 teacher centres. The ‘Code like a Girl’ programme aims to teach young girls how to code ; with 1 498 young girls trained on coding skills.