atingi, the pioneering digital learning platform focusing on providing free, high-quality, and locally relevant learning opportunities in the Global South, celebrated a momentous achievement on September 17, 2023, as it was honoured as one of 17 game changing digital solutions to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the SDG Digital event in New York. The recognition was given to atingi by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with atingi being selected as champion for SDG4: Quality Education.
"This recognition reflects our unwavering commitment to making quality education accessible to all and serves as a testament to the power of digital technologies in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals."
Jan-Gerrit Groeneveld, Head of Project atingi
The SDG Digital event took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and atingi was presented by Noémie Bürkl, Head of Unit for Digital Technologies at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In her short speech, Bürkl explained how the atingi project started and explained its recipe for success: combining the potential of open-source digital solutions with an open partnership model that guarantees a growing library of locally relevant content and a rapid scaling of the platform. Noémie Bürkl was accompanied by Jan-Gerrit Groeneveld, Head of Project at atingi, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
"We are deeply honoured to receive this recognition as a champion for SDG4: Quality Education for All," said Jan-Gerrit Groeneveld. "This recognition reflects our unwavering commitment to making quality education accessible to all and serves as a testament to the power of digital technologies in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the ITU, UNDP, and all our partners and supporters who have made this journey possible. We are also aware, that this award comes with great responsibility, and we are fully committed to our mission of providing inclusive, accessible, relevant, and safe digital learning for the Global South. Together, we will continue to make a meaningful impact on education and sustainable development."
atingi's selection as a champion for Quality Education for All represents a significant milestone in its ongoing efforts to create positive social impact through innovative education solutions. This recognition reaffirms atingi's dedication to shaping a brighter future by breaking down barriers to education worldwide.
For more information about atingi and its commitment to quality education, please visit https://www.itu.int/hub/2023/09/atingi-unlocking-learning-across-the-globe/.
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Noémie Bürkl, Head of Unit for Digital Technologies at BMZ, presenting atingi at the SDG Digital event in New York.
Video of atingi learner Cowan Koduk in Kenya shown during the event.