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Hello World- free digital education for all through internet connected community computer hubs.

Hello Hubs are providing a lifeline to 1000s of students during school closures allowing them to continue their education for free online.

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Each Hello Hub has 8 touchscreen tablets pre-loaded with high quality educational resources teaching children to read, write and do Maths. These tablets are also connected to the internet, so older learners can access online courses, learning materials sent by their teachers and video tutorials.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

At Hello World, we often have to fight to prove that digital education can be a solution to educating the millions of children globally who do not currently receive an education. COVID-19 has truly highlighted how important digital education is. Now, perhaps because the whole world is depending on learning through technology, digital education will be properly acknowledged as a solution to ending the global deficit in education.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am Hello World's Project Coordinator in Kampala, Uganda. Our new project putting 100 onetabs in homes in Kampala coincided with the lockdown for COVID-19. There has never been a more crucial time to be providing at home learning. Many of the children that we are working with were not in school regularly because of the price of school fees anyway, so this programme is leveling the playing field, offering the same high quality opportunity for education to all children who have the onetab. 

What region are you located in?

  • Eastern Africa

Where are you located?

Uganda: Kampala, Fort Portal and Nakivale Refugee Settlement.

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Thank you for sharing your idea Anna Sutton ! I appreciate Hello World's focus on providing equitable access to education. I'm curious to learn more about any learnings that have surfaced through the deployment of the 100 onetabs in Kampala? What have the responses by mothers been to the training sessions?

Tagging Juan Kristopier Angeles and his idea Self-Learning Kits for Off-the-Network Students to inspire shared learnings!

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Hi Naman Mandhan !

Thank you for tagging. I really hope for the use of technology here in our place but there are areas where indigenous people live that internet access is a problem. Thus, I have share the SLK project that we have here. I am getting more insights from people's feedback and I really appreciate you mentioning it for discussion.

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Thanks Naman. One of our most interesting findings has been that mothers are using the onetabs as well as their children. Many of the women that we work with had to drop out of school early themselves, so didn't finish their education. Many of them also want to improve their English. So when their kids go to bed they are using the same technology to educate themselves.

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That's amazing! Did this finding inspire any changes in the material that was put on the onetabs? I'm curious to hear your thoughts around how this idea may evolve, knowing that mothers are now playing both the roles of home educators and learners.

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Hi all!
It is great to hear about the Hello World project in Kampala. You mention the project coincided with the Covid19 lockdown. Do mothers continue to come to the hub? If yes are you also sharing best practices in terms of hand hygiene, covid symptons etc? Have families been directed to online videos with this information?

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Hi Bettina Fliegel , thank you! And good question. We spent a lot of time deciding whether our Hello Hubs should stay open at this time of lockdown. We had to weigh up the risks and benefits. We didn't want Hello Hubs to be a place where the virus could spread, but we also knew that connectivity to talk to loved ones, access to health information via the internet, and education for children out of school was more important than ever during lockdown. So the Hubs are open. Each community has a handwashing station, information about good hygiene practice and community support officers who ensure social distancing at the hubs. In fact, we believe the hubs have played a role in limiting transmission in the communities we work in because people have been able to get access to information about how to keep themselves and their families safe.

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Naman Mandhan thank you! So we use onebillion software on the at home onetabs- it's really fantastic at getting anyone who has never read or written before to being literate and numerate. It's also very user friendly so that people who have never used this kind of technology before get comfortable with it quickly. Have a look at their site https://onebillion.org/ . This is just the start of the project so I too am looking forward to seeing if there are any educational or other improvements for the mothers, as well as their kids!