Longstanding partnership exemplifies Intelsat’s ongoing commitment to Africa’s digital transformation
McLean, VA – Intelsat (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, and Mindset Network NPC, an award-winning developer and distributor of educational materials in Africa, today announced they have formally extended their partnership to ensure students, out-of-school youth, teachers, healthcare professionals and patients across Africa have access to high-quality and free educational television and online content.
Intelsat has partnered with Mindset since the nonprofit was founded in 2002, providing free access to satellite capacity and technology that allows Mindset to rapidly and efficiently broadcast and IP multicast its educational content to over 1,600 schools and 1,025 healthcare facilities across just South Africa.
This partnership extension comes at a time when nearly 300 million students throughout Africa have been impacted by school closures and other learning disruptions due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to UNESCO. Given the scope and scale of the impending crisis sweeping across Africa, Mindset and Intelsat are offering a free, unencrypted channel that allows governments, departments of education, broadcasters and nongovernmental organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa within Intelsat’s satellite coverage area to downlink and redistribute Mindset’s Learn channel.
“Intelsat values its long-standing partnership with Mindset Network, and we look forward to continue helping deliver Mindset’s important educational resources to students and at-risk-youth throughout Africa,” said Intelsat Regional Vice President, Africa, Brian Jakins. “With a long history of connecting people, communities and governments across the continent, Intelsat is committed to Africa’s digital transformation. Intelsat exists to connect people, so they can realize their true human potential, and partnerships like the longstanding one we have with Mindset are illustrative of how we do just that.”
“We are incredibly grateful to Intelsat for helping us in our mission, and we are getting closer to Nelson Mandela’s dream to ‘Make every home, every shack or rickety structure a centre of learning,’” said Mindset Network CEO, Dylan Green.
Mindset educational resources focus on topics such as COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, Ebola, child survival, science, mathematics, information technology and English. In addition to the broadcast, and IP streaming and multicasting distribution that Intelsat assists with, Mindset also delivers its educational content through multimedia, DVDs and print materials and their newly launched App.
A study of the impact that 34 hours of Mindset-created and Intelsat-broadcast educational content had upon students at eight schools in four provinces in one area of South Africa showed a 22 percent increase in student reading comprehension and a 128 percent increase in letter-naming frequency. As part of the study, test schools were given a satellite dish, a television set and a server to host online and print resources. Control schools, located within a five-kilometer radius of test schools, were not given access to those resources during the evaluation period.
As the foundational architects of satellite technology, Intelsat operates the world’s largest and most advanced satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructure. We apply our unparalleled expertise and global scale to connect people, businesses and communities, no matter how difficult the challenge. Intelsat is uniquely positioned to help our customers turn possibilities into reality – transformation happens when businesses, governments and communities use Intelsat’s next-generation global network and managed services to build their connected future. Learn more at Intelsat.com.
Mindset is an independent, nonprofit organization aimed at the personal, social and economic development of Africans by creating, sourcing and delivering educational materials through appropriate media to the primary and secondary education community, the health community and other underdeveloped and under-resourced communities where development can be achieved through education. Learn more: www.mindset.africa