back 23.03.2017 Case Studies
School in Africa

iKnowledge Marginalised Girls

Promoting education for marginalised girls across Tanzania

Region: Tanzania

Partners: Camara Education Tanzania, President’s Office Regional Administration & Local Government (PORALG), Tanzanian Education Authority (TEA), UK Space Agency, Universal Communication Service Access Fund (UCSAF)

The Challenge

In rural Tanzania, young girls face cultural and social challenges every day, often missing out on education. Additionally, some girls have to walk up to 3 hours each way to attend school. This results in them missing out on vital education as they do not have time to study before or after school. Many of the students have aspirations to become doctors, teachers, and lawyers and are anxious to continue their education. Furthermore, the nationwide shortage of science teachers has also had an impact on the girls’ studies.

A school in Kagera have been working towards meeting the needs of these young marginalised girls. However, due to limited resources such as up-to-date textbooks and lack of broadband infrastructure, the girls were unable to access the latest educational materials required to catch up on their education.

The Solution

The iKnowledge project, led by Avanti Communications, has deployed high-speed satellite broadband connectivity over 310 schools across Tanzania. The project provides ICT equipment, ICT and digital skills training for teachers and educational resources that is used in the classroom. Additionally, students have access to the computer labs to learn basic ICT skills and access eLearning platforms.

Today, the girls and their teachers can access the internet via Avanti’s HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite, which provides 100% coverage over Tanzania. The broadband is installed and supported locally through Internet Service Providers (ISPs), whilst the ICT hardware, digital training and educational software are delivered in partnership with Avanti, Camara Education Tanzania, and Discovery Learning Alliance.

The iKnowledge programme is funded under the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP).

The Results

Since being able to use satellite internet, the schools are now working with Tyndall University in Dublin to promote the Young Scientists Tanzania competition. The students use Skype to do joint experiments with the university. This also enables the students to communicate with other schools involved in the scheme.

Furthermore, an all-girls hostel has been built close to the school. The hostel allows the girls to live in the dormitory, dramatically reducing the amount of time they spend travelling to and from school. This enables the girls to study in the evening, giving them more time to complete homework and with access to the internet, can now access the online educational resources.

iKnowledge helps us communicate with teachers in the UK and learn new ideas about making our school better, like PiXL and Young Scientist
Renatus Kirway, English teacher in a school in Rubale Secondary School, Kagera

Contact us

From the knowledge centre


Project iMlango

Project iMlango provides high-speed satellite internet connectivity to rural and remote schools across Kenya. Improving educational outcomes


Saving the Rhino

Avanti’s satellite connectivity has been crucial in allowing the UAV teams to access advanced real-time weather and terrain information to protect rhino populations.


Project Hydra

For the first responders and those working in the emergency services, access to secure high speed connectivity is critical.


Connected Health

Avanti delivers a high speed broadband connection, enabling secure, resilient and cost-effective communication for mobile health screening.


Internet Connectivity for Kenyan Entrepreneurs

Working with the Kenyan Ministry of ICT to connect innovation hubs, helping entrepreneurs start their businesses



The mobility sector is experiencing a significant increase in demand as consumers and enterprise users require high speed connectivity wherever they are; either in planes, ships, trains or cars.