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Driving Equity and Quality in Education

Education is the root of progress, and universal education is a defining feature of modernity. Human civilization took a great step forward when education became a right for every person, and when every person began to enjoy its benefits.

However, economic and institutional inequalities mean that access to educational resources in certain regions is still far below the level enjoyed in the developed world. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated this gap, undermining education equity. To address this challenge, Huawei is working with its partners like UNESCO to provide people in different regions with equal access to high-quality education.

STORY-Huawei Launched the Learn Anytime Education Alliance in China During COVID-19

In early 2020, the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 caused the closure of schools in China. However, the government announced that learning would continue. Implementing large-scale online education for hundreds of millions of students nationwide was an unprecedented challenge. Huawei launched the Learn Anytime Education Alliance, together with more than 100 education partners, to help primary and secondary schools, higher education, and training centers provide online teaching services. The aim was to expand the school beyond the school gates and into homes. The program gave students and teachers access to online classrooms anytime, anywhere.

Our solutions included whole-class streaming classrooms, whole-class interactive classrooms, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), remote collaboration, and online learning centers, to meet the distance learning needs of different institutions. Since the establishment of the Learn Anytime Education Alliance, Huawei has supported over 20,000 customers. More than 5,000 schools and companies have benefited from live streaming services provided for free in emergency situations. With Huawei solutions, 240,000 online lessons have been provided to over 50 million students. At peak hours, more than 11 million students were online simultaneously.

  • 50 million+

    students provided with 240,000 online lessons for free

Networked, digital, personalized, and lifelong learning are key features of education today. Huawei will continue to harness cloud, AI, and 5G, and to work with our ecosystem partners to give more people equal access to knowledge and skills, so that they can unleash their potential and create more value for society.

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A Chinese student studying online during the COVID-19 pandemic

STORY-Bridging the Education Gap in Bangladesh

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A Bangladeshi child studying at home during the pandemic

An estimated one billion children have had their schooling interrupted in some way since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Bangladesh, where there is a relative lack of access to digital technologies compounding the effects of the shutdown, the education system has faced enormous challenges, and more than one million children have been affected.

Huawei has operated in Bangladesh for more than 20 years and is committed to advancing digital development in the country. To reduce the impact of school closures, Huawei teamed up with local company Bijoy Digital and UNESCO in July 2020 to launch a two-year education project, with the goal of ensuring that Bangladeshi children can continue learning from home during the pandemic.

Huawei has provided tablets preloaded with Bijoy Digital education apps. The apps are designed to be fun, with animated graphics to keep students interested and engaged. With these tablets, children can study in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Teachers also benefit from being able to offer remote help and ensure that children stay on track with their studies. 

The initiative has had a positive impact on students and teachers. We plan to expand the program to cover more schools and benefit more students and teachers.

STORY-Learning Never Stops at Senegal DigiSchool

To ensure that students keep learning, UNESCO launched the Global Coalition for Education in March 2020. As in many countries, schools in Senegal have been forced to close due to the pandemic.

As a member of the coalition, Huawei launched the DigiSchool project in August 2020, in partnership with Senegal's Ministry of National Education, the UNESCO Regional Office for West Africa, and the local carrier Sonatel. The project aims to provide remote training to local teachers to ensure that learning never stops – even during the pandemic.

Before joining the coalition, Huawei had already worked with the Ministry of National Education to build smart classrooms in some schools in Dakar and provide students with an interactive multimedia learning experience. The DigiSchool project further deepens the cooperation between Huawei and the Ministry of National Education to promote equity and quality in education.

  • 200+

    teachers have received training in the digital skills required for distance education

  • 15,000+

    students in 60+ schools have benefited from DigiSchool

This project aims to reach 200 schools and benefit 20,000 teachers and 100,000 students. By the end of December 2020, more than 200 teachers had received training in the digital skills required for distance education, which helped 15,000 students in over 60 schools.

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A teacher learning distance education skills

STORY-StorySign: Unlocking the Joy of Reading for Deaf Children

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, 34 million children worldwide suffer from 'disabling' hearing loss. They struggle to match words with sounds, which means it is difficult for them to enjoy reading. To help open up the world of books to small children with hearing impairments, Huawei worked with our partners and created the app StorySign.

Focused on supporting deaf children up to 6 years old, StorySign uses mobile AI technology to translate popular children's books into sign language. The app scans the words of selected, popular children's books, instantly translating them into sign language using our friendly signing avatar, Star. StorySign is available for free worldwide and can be downloaded from Huawei AppGallery, Google Play Store, and Apple App Store.

As of the end of 2020, 71 different children's books on the app were available in 15 sign languages, including British Sign Language, American Sign Language, Auslan, Libras, Spanish Sign Language, and French Sign Language. 

StorySign is really important because there isn't enough out there for deaf children. StorySign is fantastic! It's a technology that will change the future of an entire generation. ——Mark Wheatley, Executive Director of European Union of the Deaf

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A StorySign user enjoying reading

STORY-Huawei's DigiTruck: Improving Digital Skills of People in Remote Areas

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Huawei's DigiTruck mobile digital classroom in Kenya

To help Kenyans in remote areas benefit from digital technology, Huawei set up the DigiTruck mobile digital classroom in partnership with the Belgian non-profit organization Close the Gap, UNESCO, GSMA, Computers For Schools Kenya (CFSK), and the Kenyan telecom carrier Safaricom.

DigiTruck is a mobile digital classroom that has been converted from a shipping container. The 12-meter classroom is equipped with smart devices like laptops, LED screens, virtual reality (VR) headsets, smartphones, and routers. People can learn Internet skills thanks to wireless broadband access. The VR devices provide a new level of classroom resources. DigiTruck is solar-powered, so classes can be held in remote areas without sufficient power supplies.

By the end of 2020, Huawei's DigiTruck had provided more than 22,000 hours of digital skills training to more than 1,300 rural young people, teachers, and students in 13 villages in Kenya. Moving forward, DigiTruck will continue to deliver digital skills training to even more people in remote regions.

  • 1,300+

    rural young people, teachers, and students in 13 villages in Kenya have received digital skills training through Huawei’s DigiTruck

  • 22,000+

    hours of digital skills training delivered by Huawei's DigiTruck

STORY-Making Joint Investments to Foster Skilled ICT Workforce

As digital technologies like 5G, AI, and IoT are widely adopted, digital transformation is picking up pace. One of the challenges hindering this transformation is a lack of a skilled ICT workforce. According to a 2017 estimate from the World Bank, in 10 years' time we will need 10 million more ICT professionals than we currently have. To grow a skilled ICT workforce for the future, Huawei is working with education departments, colleges, and training institutions to define skillsets, build talent alliances, and demonstrate the value of ICT professionals. Together, we are building an open ICT talent ecosystem that thrives on shared success.

  • We have continuously optimized our certification system, which currently offers two types of certification: ICT Infrastructure and Cloud Service & Platform. By the end of 2020, more than 400,000 engineers had received a Huawei Certification, with over 13,000 of them receiving the Huawei Certified ICT Expert (HCIE) certification. These engineers are a valuable resource pool to support industry digitalization worldwide.
  • In February 2020, we launched the Huawei ICT Academy Program 2.0, through which we will provide incentives worth US$50 million to Huawei ICT Academies, helping them deliver online courses, provide online training, perform online experiments, and award online certifications. Through this program, we aim to work with universities worldwide and develop 2 million ICT professionals over the next five years. Ultimately, we aim to build a flourishing talent ecosystem and drive the ICT industry forward.
  • In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched the Learn ON Program, offering more than 300 courses and MOOC resources for free, providing 57 online open lectures, organizing more than 700 classes, and organizing 175 Train the Trainer (TTT) sessions. This helped ensure continuous online learning during the closure of schools and universities.
  • The 5th Huawei ICT Competition attracted more than 150,000 students from over 2,000 universities across 83 countries and regions, promoting digital skills and fulfilling corporate social responsibilities.
  • 150,000+

    students from 2,000+ universities across 83 countries and regions participated in the 5th Huawei ICT Competition

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Closing Ceremony of the Huawei ICT Competition 2019–2020