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Devin D. Thorpe

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Learning Equality’s New App Kolibri Brings Online Education to the Offline World

To address the massive global inequity in educational access, Learning Equality, the nonprofit behind the successful learning app KA Lite, has launched a campaign to build their next-gen education app, Kolibri, for learners without Internet access.

Learning Equality announces the development of their next-generation education app Kolibri, enabling students and teachers to benefit from a vast range of content without requiring an Internet connection, using low-cost and low-power devices. Racing to bridge the digital divide for millions of children facing urgent educational needs, Learning Equality has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund this critical project.

Kolibri enables the creation of custom lessons for offline use, aligned to local curricular standards, and collaborative learning with instant feedback to empower students to work at their own pace, supported by mentors and peers.

One in every 3 children around the world lacks access to quality basic education. Despite the growing abundance of free, high quality educational resources on the Internet, and their potential to help fill this gap, the 60% of the world not on the Internet cannot benefit from them. In particular, with 90% of the people in the 48 poorest countries being offline, those who need these new opportunities the most are the least able to access them.

Three years ago, San Diego-based nonprofit Learning Equality launched KA Lite, an app that provides offline access to Khan Academy’s massive library of curated educational content. Millions of learners in over 160 countries have already benefited from KA Lite, in rural schools, orphanages, refugee camps, prisons, and community centers.

Learning Equality’s crowdfunding campaign for Kolibri runs on Indiegogo’s new charity site,, through December 15th, with a goal of raising $500,000 to support the development and deployment of Kolibri, and serve 10 million high-need learners by 2018.


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