Tell us about your idea
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Asia Initiatives has launched an innovative award winning new program known as SoCCs Buddies, aimed at bettering learning outcomes for the students. SoCCs Buddies blends our SoCC(Social Capital Credits) system with a pool of mentors to deliver individualized teaching to students in underprivileged communities in India. The combination of a new mobile app and Zoom video conferencing service is used to provide English Language instructions to empower the children in slums. Fluency in English is considered an essential skill in India that influences both employability and wages. Our program is designed with the dual purpose of helping these children master their language skills remotely via Zoom sessions, as well as, target the learning attrition resulting from the time spent out of school due to closure. An additional benefit includes developing their skills and preparing them to access global online resources from sites such as Khan Academy and Byju. Our mobile app will allow both teachers and students to login in and track their progress, and earn and redeem “SoCCs” within the app for various goods and services offered. Redemption items range from reusable menstrual pads, digital skills sessions, all the way to rebuilding a community.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I am currently serving as an educational advisor for the New York based non-profit Asia initiatives. With the schools closed, we were faced with the challenge of increased inequity and inequality in access to resources, and with the struggle to keep the at-risk students engaged during the lockdown. To prevent the learning attrition, we decide to leverage the support of a team of dedicated high-school mentors from New Jersey Public Schools who are now implementing lessons via Zoom and our App built specifically for this purpose, and providing the target students the necessary support to continue their learning.