15 Sep 2022
East Africa is in the midst of an unprecedented era of strong economic growth, fuelled by digitalisation across all sectors. The African Union’s Digital Transformation Strategy 2020-2030 emphasises the importance of digitalising education and post-COVID-19 pandemic era efforts reflect the urgency to digitise education resources and processes in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. Affordable satellite connectivity works alongside terrestrial networks to empower and elevate access to much required resources for remote communities on par with urban areas. Current state-of-the-art satcom connectivity solutions reduce the complexity, capital expenditure, and time usually needed to build a terrestrial infrastructure. More significantly, it is possible to have active service at remote schools in one day. 56% of Kenya’s population is young, lending itself to tech-savvy opportunities in e-learning and digital technologies support e-learning applications with high speed internet access, a centralised management system, and videoconferencing. This is an excellent scenario because it is estimated that individual returns to education are 13.4% in Africa, significantly higher than the world average of approximately 10%. Read more about digitalisation in this region in the article below.