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Sustainability in Learning

Provision of solar-powered electronic devices pre-loaded with educational materials to vulnerable and at risk students.

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While some parts of the world have been triggered into an unforeseen learning experimentation by the pandemic, some other parts have met with unexpected challenges in accessing basic education. With specific regard to third world nations where internet technology has little to zero presence in the traditional methods of learning, schools have been forced to shut down indefinitely with no plan in view to engage students in learning programs. Students have surrendered themselves to fate in the face of the pandemic while those higher up in Universities who are fortunate enough to have access to online platforms have taken to self-directed learning through online courses.

In the face of this reality, our team sat down to identify a possible solution to address the peculiarity of this problem based in on-ground intelligence of what is obtainable within the pre-adult learning age group here in Nigeria – roughly 3 to 18 years. Our solution is providing solar-powered educational gadgets or customized laptops, pre-loaded with education materials tailored within a curriculum structure and timeline such that a particular topic cannot be accessed until a previous one is completed. This would require the technical inputs of developers and this idea is considered feasible because it currently being implemented in Edo State Nigeria Basic Education Scheme with this technology provided on the teacher’s end to aid digital access of teaching aids, materials and resources.

Also, given the poor power supply in this region, the technology is solar-powered in a bid to ensure that students don’t get to miss out on learning due to power outage. A hybrid approach would include providing both electrical and solar-based power systems in order to support the efficiency of the technology.

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

The non-flexibility in traditional methods of engaging students in learning.

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

I'm a Marketing specialist and product strategist with over 4 years experience working with various foundations and NGOs to identify and solve social problems ranging from juvenile deliquency like drug abuse to organizing youth conferences aimed at self-discovery.

What region are you located in?

  • Western Africa

Where are you located?

Edo and Delta state are neighboring states in Nigeria that share similarities in geography, occupation of residents and commercial businesses.

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I am cheering over here, Danladi Momodu ! Feeling so inspired by the thoughtful equity-based work that you and your team are proposing. (I'm Rachel, one of the Community Coaches.) I'm curious - have you had the opportunity to share your idea with any potential partners for feedback? I'm tagging Brett Gentry - as an experiential distance learning product designer, his submission Best of both worlds (Humans + Internet) may serve as additional fodder as you further develop your idea. Wishing you all the best!