Helping children navigate the online world – that’s the objective of Huawei’s SmartBus which hits the road for a European tour starting today. It will visit schools in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, where it will provide interactive learning experiences on cyber bullying, online safety and data privacy.
The mobile classroom will provide an engaging and fun learning environment for school children, where they can develop a better understanding of what constitutes online well-being and how to safely navigate the online environment. It will travel to schools in Belgium and the Netherlands during October and November 2019. A second SmartBus is already touring Spain and Portugal.
To ensure a targeted approach, Huawei carried out a survey about online behaviour among children between the ages of 11 and 15. The results were used to ensure the bus addresses children’s needs and preoccupations, such as guidance to deal with cyber-bullying.
“Young people and children are immersed in online environments in their daily lives, and it is only natural that learning how to navigate them and steering clear of danger should become a basic part of their education,” said Abraham Liu, Huawei’s Chief Representative to the European Institutions, during the Belgian launch event at the Freinetschool Het Wijdeland in the Flemish town of Sint-Truiden. “As a technology company, Huawei can play a role in this process. Our SmartBus is a part of this effort.”
“In-depth research has been carried to understand what children are doing online and to ensure that the SmartBus addresses their needs. This has helped us to define new educational approaches, which we intend to further develop during the tour,” said Janice Richardson, children’s rights expert from expert network Insight.
“We need to equip children and young people across Europe with the right tools and knowledge to stay safe on the Internet and improve their online experience. In an increasingly digitalised world, they need to become basic skills, and private initiatives like the SmartBus are a welcome contribution to making this happen,” said Hilde Vautmans MEP.
The SmartBus tour concept builds on a similar project delivered in Spain in 2014 to much acclaim. It is one of a number of key educational initiatives through which the company is aiming to share its expertise as a global ICT company to help bridge the skill gap. Its best-known programme in this field is Seeds for the Future, a large-scale global scheme providing a hands-on ICT training experience in China for talented young people.
Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices and cloud services – Huawei is committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world.
Huawei's end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services is both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, Huawei creates lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life and inspire innovation in organisations of all shapes and sizes.
At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. Huawei invests heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. Huawei has more than 180,000 employees and operates in over 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.
In Europe, Huawei currently employs over 12,000 staff and runs two regional offices and 23 R&D sites. So far, Huawei has established 230 technical cooperation projects and has partnered with over 150 universities across Europe.