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Learn Appeal brings learning to the disconnected with industry-wide support

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Learn Appeal, the education and learning technology charity, has announced its progress on unlocking access to learning for thousands of people across the UK and Africa. With unique cross industry support, the charity’s ground-breaking solutions were shared at the 2017 Learning Technologies Awards in London last month.


In an exclusive address to 800 learning professionals, Learn Appeal consultant, Lesley Price shared the shocking statistics of disconnected people around the world, as a reminder that the Internet does not solve access to learning for millions of people. But using the innovative Learn Appeal capsule, developed by Appitierre, offline e-learning is now being brought to remote areas of Africa and the UK. Updates on projects with Barnardo’s, Complitkenya, the Children’s Entrepreneurial Training Village, M-Ubuntu and the Tanzania Development Trust were met with warm applause.

As an industry-led charity, Learn Appeal has brought together supporters from across the learning technology space. Learn Appeal was delighted to announce that it has received not only financial donations from Virtual College, Spirax Sarco, Learning Age Solutions and Towards Maturity, but welcomed new donations in time, resources and content from organisations including, Unicorn, Jam Pan, HT2Labs and Good Practice.

Learn Appeal founder and Chair of the Trustees, Jonathan Satchell, comments, ‘We are delighted with the enthusiastic response from the learning technology community and support for the important work that Learn Appeal is doing. But as Lesley mentioned at the awards ceremony, this is just the beginning! Our hope is that more learning professionals can get involved and donate skills from across the board. It isn’t just about creating e-learning content, we need support in areas such as project management, marketing and of course funding, to develop more new initiatives around the world.’

Mark Penton, Director of Learning Technologies, adds, ‘It is a stark reminder that over four billion people are disconnected, which is something that can be forgotten when working in a technology-based industry. The work Learn Appeal is doing to highlight this issue and bring practical solutions that provide instant access to knowledge and training is completely unique. Learning Technologies is proud to support Learn Appeal and we hope that many more organisations across our industry get involved now.’

For further details on Learn Appeal and different ways of getting involved, visit the website or meet the team at Learning Technologies in London on 31 January and 1 February 2018.