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How robots are connecting housebound children to the outside world

Larvik, Norway


In Norway, over 6,000 children are affected by long-term conditions that subject them to a life of isolation and confinement – and many children are unable to attend school.

School isn’t just about education though, it’s integral to the fulfilment of children’s social needs, where children meet friends, establish social skills and find their place in the world.

Samuel (@eljackson) journeys to Larvik, Norway, to meet with Emil to learn how his long-term condition has impacted his life over the last few years. Emil was diagnosed with M.E. (Myalgic Encephalopathy, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), which leaves him too exhausted to attend school, but thanks to mobile connectivity and No Isolation’s clever little AV1 robot, Emil can participate in school activities, classes and, perhaps most importantly, stay in touch with his friends.

Making its way around the world, the Case For Change is packed with everything people need to tell their stories on what mobile operators globally are doing to tackle the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Telia’s work in Norway contributes to 3, 4 and 10 by helping children with long-term illnesses experience the benefits of going to school.

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