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Purpose
  • Language learning
  • Social inclusion
  • Employment
Funzi is a pioneering company from Finland that wants to make skills and knowledge accessible to everyone – for free. The service, www.funzi.mobi, revolutionizes learning by delivering mobile-first designed content for people who want to learn new skills and knowledge. Funzi mobile learning is delivered by the cloud and can be scaled immediately. The concept is to provide
  1. information services –for integration into society
  2. employment services – to help integrate people economically
  3. communication and networking skills – to educate and enable people to re-use skills for developing their home countries
Funzi's core competence is its knowledge in mobile learning pedagogy (m-learning) and the gaming industry. Courses are divided into independent learning blocks, easily digestible, with actionable and validated learning outcomes. Following reading and understanding a card, the users may have the opportunity to answer a quiz question, receiving instant confirmation of what they have learnt and understood. Funzi’s card-deck approach allows information to be presented in a way that is understood globally, it is a method already used in learning and has a built-in social component intrinsic to its design.
After launching its first product in 2015, the company assessed that Funzi could to contribute the growing information need among asylum seekers in Europe. The idea was that asylum seekers could have easy access to basic information on integration. The first course package for asylum seekers was lunched in Finland, which contains learning material on communications and how to work in the food industry.
Date launched 2014
Duration Ongoing
Type of Resource Other online course / App / Platform aggregating digital resources
Purpose Social inclusion/civic engagement / Employability / Language learning
Online or Blended Online
Learning objectives Assist students and individuals world-wide in integrating into to society and finding a job, via dynamic and user-friendly certified mobile learning.
Target group Migrants and refugees in Finland and globally (with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East).
Evaluation results/ monitoring plan Funzi has delivered free learning to over 600 000 people globally.
Recognition or certification of learning Badges are awarded at the end of the course.
Financing and sustainability model Funzi is open source, and also accessible without data costs via internet.org in 7 countries.
Students have to pay for the badge they receive, which is a way of generating income. However, this could be paid by the employer or other partners in society. The idea is to encourage a partnering model to reduce costs for the student and also link them to possible employers.
Partners include IOM Estonia, Welcome to Sweden. Funzi is starting to work with UNUPS, a-women owned business in Jordan and collaborating with Jobberman, the large job search website in Africa.
Leading Organization Funzi
Contact Person Aape Pohjavirta
Website http://funzi.fi

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