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Educating Our Children Shouldn't Be Paused because we can't find a COVID-19 solution.

Thought leadership, development, and implementation

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Statistically since being quarantined, children in high-risk or under-served communities lack the tools and resources needed to continue to be educated while at home. 

The digital divide is an estimated to be 21.3 million people; lacking access in 2019, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

At the same time globally, the amount of worldwide e-waste generation is expected to exceed 50 million tons by 2020, with an annual growth between 4% and 5%.

This quantity includes 16.8 million metric tons of small equipment; 9.1 million metric tons of large equipment; 7.6 million metric tons of temperature exchange (freezing and cooling) equipment; 6.6 million metric tons of screens and monitors; 3.9 million metric tons of small IT,; and 0.7 million metric tons of lamps  https://www.thebalancesmb.com/e-waste-recycling-facts-and-figures-2878189)

What if there was a platform that promoted partners to be designed E-Waste Recycling centers specifically for laptops and computer hardware. The laptops and hardware can then be re-built and given to students in under served areas to learn how to use the most baseline skillset of using a keyboard, laptop, etc.  

Create partnerships with large corporations that plan to recycle/update their computer systems to donate to this platform where they computers would then be cleaned and if they are in selling condition,sell the laptops/computers for $$ to then put back into the purchasing pre-paid wi-fi access to families that receive the laptop that they student can use for learning and accessing wi-fi.

Create virtual learning spaces for the kids to join and learn some of the most basic functions of various programs (word, power point, etc.) in a joint partnership with Microsoft.

Create a crowd source of teachers that would take turn teaching (perhaps partner with Udemy or other school/universities that would have aspiring teachers teach a course and gain experience and school credit).

Create a chapter in local markets for IT techs to volunteer in their local area to collect and rebuild computers in their local area.

What is the need are you focusing on?

Fill the digital divide gap, the educational gap that will only get larger with distance learning and limited access and socioeconomic disparities that exists.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

This will impact our economy and workforce (the future workforce).

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Maybe-with additional support

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Positive Changes will be seen across so many layers. *Positive impact to change the emotional/social behavior & attitude of those students that may feel they aren't educated" enough because their family can't afford to give them the tool and resource they need to learn. *Positive change in the future of our workforce by closing the digital divide across different audience/segments. * Environmental. through recycling electronic waste. *Time for impact: contingent on partnerships to implement across the country, or globe.

What is the name of your business or organization?

n/a

What is your profession?

Sales, marketing, strategic thinking/planning

Where are you located (country)?

United States

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Education

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • Less than 1 year old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Concept/I have not yet formed an organization

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

access to grants/partners that would be interested

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

lack of participation from crowd source effort, lack of donations

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

no

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Hi Bekki Yang , really exciting to learn about your idea.

We thought it might exciting to have you be part of the COVID-19 Reimagine Learning Challenge: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/covid-reimagine-learning-challenge/ideas where you could re-re-share your concept, learnings and connect with other community members (such as schools, educators, students and innovators) re-imagining learning at this time and beyond.

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