EDUCATION

Supporting the teaching of science

Eutelsat actively supports the teaching of science at school and in a more general sense is proactive in education through its promotion of digital access.

The Group has forged close ties with students in the telecom and space sectors, in particular through employees teaching in university courses.

Educational partnerships are also implemented with a view to promoting students’ interest in science and technology. In Africa, Eutelsat has been co-organising a competition since 2011 with pay-tv broadcaster, MultiChoice Africa, inviting students aged between 14 and 19 to demonstrate the connection between the science subjects taught at school and their applications for the development of their continent.

Eutelsat is also investing in other educational projects, including the innovative “ONEClass! Open Network for Education” programme in southern Italy and in Africa, and in Mexico, digital inclusion programme México Conectado.

DSTV EUTELSAT STAR AWARDS

In Africa, Eutelsat has been co-organising the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards since 2011 with pay-tv broadcaster, MultiChoice Africa. Students between the ages of 14 and 19 are invited to demonstrate the connection between the science subjects taught at school and their applications for the development of their continent.

Each year the competition has a new theme and contestants are asked to write an essay or design a poster. The competition is accompanied by a set of resources made available to schools and is supported by 1,000 MultiChoice resource centres equipped for satellite-delivered distance learning programmes. Since its creation, the competition has received around 7,000 entries of essays and posters.

The competition’s jury is chaired by an astronaut representing the European Space Agency (ESA). Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli chaired the continental jury for the fifth time, meeting in Accra, Ghana, in February 2019 to select the winners.

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ONECLASS!

The Open Network for Education

Eutelsat is also investing in educational projects in southern Italy and in Africa, as part of an innovative programme called “ONEClass! Open Network for Education”, conducted by the Openet group and supported by the ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications System) branch of the European Space Agency. The pilot programme has the objective of connecting 32 sites in total.

Aimed at multi-class schools and associations promoting access to education for migrant minors, the project will rely on satellite technology and more specifically on the resources of Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite for its set-up and implementation.

The “multi-class” segment includes the provision of live lessons to geographically isolated pupils in different locations via an on-line conference system, in addition to e-learning resources available on a dedicated cloud. The principle is similar for the segment concerning the NGOs who work in immigrant reception centres, who provide access to education to unaccompanied foreign minors. This network includes classes located in Africa.

MÉXICO CONECTADO

Since 2010, Eutelsat Americas has taken part in the federal digital inclusion programme México Conectado, steered by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation.

This programme, which aims to offer free internet access in public spaces such as schools, hospitals, universities, parks and government institutions, currently connects approximately 100,000 sites.

More than two thirds of connections are for schools and almost 30% of all public spaces connected via the programme use satellite technology.

A partnership entered into between Eutelsat Americas and the company Elara Communicaciones has enabled a large number of schools to enjoy the educational potential provided by satellite internet access.

Similar social connectivity initiatives are also conducted in Panama, Colombia and Ecuador.

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