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Off-line solutions for reaching students with limited or no internet access



Kiwix is a non-profit organization based in Switzerland which aims to make online content accessible for people without internet access, regardless of the reason. The project now provides open-source software for free which allows whole websites, like Wikipedia, to be compressed into content packages and then stored locally so they can be read on almost any device.  One download at a central internet access point (school, university, tourist spot) can then be transferred offline from one user to the next, either from USB key to computer, or from computer to phone. The Governement of Cuba has rolled out Kiwix across all internet centers on the island. Some NGOs in North Korea use Kiwix to bring Wikipedia to the country. Ghana, uses Kiwix to provide access to Wikipedia and Wiktionary to schools in the North of the country. See

Kolibri is a free to download platform where students and educators can access digital materials to support learning and teaching. The Kolibri off-line educational library is a specially openly licensed educational content library, available in dozens of languages, to support a well-rounded curriculum, including both formal educational materials--such as lessons and assessments--and exploratory materials, such as books, games, and simulations Like KIIX, content can be downloaded once to a device in an area that has an internet connection. That "seeded" device can then share new content and updates with other devices over an offline local network to reach the most remote communities.  See

M-Shule is the first adaptive, mobile learning management platform designed to improve performance for millions of primary school students across Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa. M-Shule delivers personalized quality learning through SMS. Students learn from lessons and activities at home with parents through messaging. M-Shule’s adaptive learning engine continuously tracks and analyzes each learner's progress in order to generate personalized learning tracks and build their skills.