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Partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF)

World Economic Forum (WEF)

As a longstanding strategic partner of the WEF, we work with a broad spectrum of global decision-makers to develop frameworks, ideas, and approaches that address complex world challenges. Throughout the year, we collaborate with WEF communities and participate in initiatives and events.

Deloitte designed and developed UpLink in collaboration with WEF and Salesforce. UpLink is a free and open digital platform to crowdsource solutions that address pressing world issues, as outlined by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. It seeks to connect the most promising submissions with the expertise, resources and networks that can scale the ventures and accelerate their impact.

In 2021, we launched the first innovation challenge, The WorldClass Education Challenge (via UpLink) to address Sustainable Development Goal Four: Quality Education. In the first six months of the year, educators, entrepreneurs, and innovators were invited to submit novel solutions for advancing equitable access to education, teacher development and the youth’s skills for jobs of the future. The cohort selected will receive up to US$1 million in total in professional services on a pro bono basis, financial grants, a dedicated relationship manager to support the organisation’s collaboration with Deloitte, and participation in selected WEF and Deloitte events, projects, and communities.

Five solutions in Africa have been chosen to be Top UpLink innovators:

Learnable
Developed with the needs of African teachers in mind, Learnable is an augmented teaching assistant that allows teachers to compose and distribute dynamic, interactive lessons via a dedicated mobile app and WhatsApp. Lessons can be saved offline, so that students do not need constant internet access.

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Nomad Education
Nomad Education is a free mobile app offering academic certificates to over 1 million francophone children every year, helping them to succeed in their studies, regardless of their social, geographic or academic background.

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Pan-African Robotics Competition
The Pan-African Robotics Competition (PARC) is the largest robotics competition in Africa and has educated more than 1,000 African youths in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), while also offering a Virtual Learning Platform (VLP) to enable the African youth to virtually learn to code, design and build their own robots. It also integrates a feature for collaboration and knowledge exchange.

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StanLab
StanLab is a cloud-based, 3D virtual laboratory platform providing near real-life experiences for students in Nigeria where there is a lack of quality STEM education and traditional laboratories.

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UCT Online High School
UCT Online High School’s mission is to turn physical limitations into digital opportunities for Africa’s children to access aspirational, quality secondary school education. Its purpose-built online school and free online curriculum pave the way for high quality, online and blended learning to be delivered at scale, and stimulate digital transformation of the education systems on the continent.

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Key Contacts:

Anne Muraya
Managing Partner, Responsible Business and Public Policy
Deloitte Africa

Audrey Chitewe
World Impact Lead
Deloitte Africa

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