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Mass Education

Since schools are closed in most countries due to COVID-19, text messages relaying academic concepts and activities can be sent weekly.

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In an effort to curtail human to human transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing the COVID-19 disease, governments saw the need to shutdown non-essential businesses to reduce the movement of people within and across borders. As a result, there has been a surge in unemployment, and a drastic drop in disposable income within homes. Parents, who want the best for their children's futures are being forced to prioritize between the essentials of life such as food and their children's education which more than likely -during this time- is dependent on internet access.

As a way to assist parents facing this type of difficult choice, the branch of government responsible for education and schools could partner to reduce the learning gap being created by lack of classroom instruction.

The role of the government would be to financially support schools in paying the fees associated with mass texting. With this support in place, principals and teachers could then focus on preparing, in a text format, the concepts that weren't sufficiently covered and that would've been covered before the official end of the school year.

Assigned teachers from every level at each school, guided by the suggestions of their colleagues, would provide their administration with the week's concept and activities for mass dissemination on the first day of the week. Although, the text messages would be sent to many phones at a time, these numbers would be categorized by level so as to avoid bombarding phones with irrelevant text messages. Parents would be informed by their school, local television and radio, on the time of day to expect their text message on Monday of every week.

Hopefully, this will be a temporary measure to ensure that students don't fall too far behind in their education. However, having such a structure established within schools shows sensitivity to the issues families may face when a natural or man-made disaster strikes.

What is the need are you focusing on?

With unemployment on the rise, parents who were laid off must make the hard choice of paying for food or paying to keep the lines of communication open between their children and their teachers. So as a way to assist parents, concepts and activities would be sent once a week via a text message that could be read on a flip phone, since we can't assume everyone has a smartphone.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed
  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

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

The pivot exist in taking the medium of mass text messaging, which usually contain spam and having schools, seeking to address a drop in internet access among their students, utilize the platform as a contingency plan set in place to provide relevant information to students and parents alike.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • I plan to share with an implementing organization

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

With parents receiving the text messages containing educational material, there are two possible positive outcomes to expect: 1) parents who may have struggled academically may see this as a second chance at learning and 2) the material may likely initiate family building communication between parents and children that may not have occurred otherwise.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Belmopan Comprehensive School

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

My school serves the needs of parents and students.

What is your profession?

Math Teacher

Where are you located (country)?

Belize

Where are you located (region)?

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Academia/Research
  • Education

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

  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government

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