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DSTClass provides teachers tools to earn more & connect online with learners in crisis & rural areas without bothering about internet/data

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Poor quality and poor remuneration are among the lead causes of the huge education poverty in Africa. People become teachers in Africa because they cannot find any other job thus giving the profession a very bad public perception or image. DSTClass enhance teachers performance by providing them digital tools to create engaging class video contents using easy-to-use tools and help them earn highly coveted income by connecting with millions of learners from across Africa and other poorer populations in areas with poor broadband penetration without worrying about the high cost of internet or poor internet access. The DSTClass platform is an educational community and engagement platform where teachers compete and collaborate to develop top-quality classes which learners can access from very cheap smartphones from areas with poor internet access like 2G Network or with very limited internet data consumption e.g. 2MB/Hr. Note: 60% of the world population do not have 3G network to learn online and only 1% of students in Africa can afford internet data to learn online (e.g. it cost $15/week to buy data to learn online but about 152 million Nigerians live on less than $2 a day, representing about 80 per cent of the country's estimated 190 million population The crop of high quality teachers on the platform makes it possible for learners to make choice from the different classes available and yet pay VERY VERY tiny fees: the teachers earn huge and highly coveted income while the learners pay less for more quality because large number of learners will subscribe for the same class. Schools/teachers implements full brown school but flexible curriculum for displaced/out-of-school children in conflict areas/rural villages and local teachers provide learners customized support and earn more for doing so for learners from across borders. Thus learners stay in school even in conflicts while teachers earn more.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are out-of-school-children in upper primary schools and secondary schools starting from Nigeria. Of the cumulative 20 million out of school children in the world, Nigeria is home to 10.5 million The other major beneficiaries are local teachers who will serve as support teachers to help learners customize learning. Evidence from most interventions e.g. from UNICEF show that locals are easy to adopt in helping in emergencies. These locals will be able earn decent incomes by providing similar service digitally to other learners from far and near. 80% of candidates sitting for NECO, WAEC, and JAMB fail the exam About 3 million (learners from rural villages) sit for each of this exam annually. All these will also have opportunity to access quality learning to achieve higher pedagogical outcomes.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

1. Distribution: (we are trying to restrict as much proprietary information as we can but) the fact that we are creating online learning without serious need for internet is game-changing: we are able to reach those who no one ever reached. 2. Non-replacement: our technology isn't replacing teachers but enhancing their performance 3. Ecosystem: this is the most important. New & social forms of learning will evolve; learners will get to collaborate from across borders. In larger scheme of things, quality education will be at the reach of all. The collaboration & competition among teachers to create the best classes will fuel an endless chain of innovation in the teaching and learning space. 4. Passive efforts giving active results: e.g., creating e-schools for crisis/emergency situations will have cost millions of dollars but with our platform teachers will be competing to create best class and we will channeling same to learners in troubled areas 5. Dignity to teaching

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

DSTCLASS is a startup & social enterprise registered with the Cooperate Affairs Commission of Nigeria; it won a number of supports including the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program (TEEP) Award for its technology innovation which already scaled the second phase market testing and received reviews from important industry stakeholders including The Royal Academy of Engineering, London & University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education's Reimagine Education Team.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years
  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project. There are these migrant traffic hawkers in every Nigerian city, who hawk under the sun/rain: they are from the same clan as me. In 2007, I founded the World Bank Award winning flipped-classroom-based Pacesetters Club for them but couldn't stand as one man. In 2015, I cried to National Teachers' Institute that I had no shoe but saw people without legs (Northern Nigerians) - innovating distribution became the Hobson's Choice

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

The best, most realistic and fair way to bridge the gap of inequality on the long-term is to give everyone equal chance from the beginning. The inequality we experience today took root yesterday: some had chance to education and other didn't. Those who have the opportunity leverage the ignorance and poverty of those who have not e.g. an average politicians in Nigeria is someone who kept his family educated and safe in the West and then come home to recruits unemployed youths as thugs that will be slaughtered in gun battle during elections. The biggest reason for insecurity in the North Central today is farmer-herders crisis, if the herders are educated they may see other options like cattle ranching and colonies as viable options than herding and will be less vulnerable to politicians who lure them to achieve ill political objectives. Middle class is getting very small: Is either affluent children with more than they need or very poor children with none or poor facilities

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

We do not need partners to implement this idea on the long run, we hope to create a system independent of third parties and government influences and policies. However, to demonstrate our system, stimulate demand (engage teachers and learners) and create the needed a ecosystem we are building we will partner with tops schools for a 30 months period to co-create class contents. These partner schools will provide physical infrastructure like classrooms to implement exam curricula and we will recruit the caliber of teachers we need to implement this curriculum. Each school will have opportunity to serve as our recommended e-schools for learners in emergencies, conflict and rural ares. The will also, depending on the nature of collaboration receive the share of the revenue from the created classes.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

1. Nigeria has Africa’s largest mobile market, with about 142 million subscribers and a penetration rate of 101%. Making it most suitable for our solution e.g. most households have mobile phone user 2. Essentialist Curriculum approach to schooling e.g. many families save up for months for their ward's exams, we can leverage this center focus (exam market) to penetrate our market

Geographic Focus

We are piloting in Nigeria. However our target market is Africa & the rest of the South/World's Poor

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

6 months (to launch the technology into the market). But the poise is beyond merely implementing technology innovation but to address education poverty in the world's poor by creating community and engagement platform that will provide an educational ecosystem that guarantees quality learning reaches more quantity of learners at exponentially decreased cost. To achieve this, we will leverage the secondary schools exam market to reach over 10 million learners from 15 countries in 30 month

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

If Yes, how has project idea changed, grown, or evolved since last year? (2,000 characters)

Not Applicable - never applied before


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