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Digitalizing the South-African Education for Disabled Students

Fighting the process of stigmatization by providing a customized education and work opportunities for disabled Africans.

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What problem does your idea solve?

Our idea solves the lack of work opportunities for disabled people by digitalizing the high school experience and increasing the access to education.

Explain your idea

A platform that will connect foreign educational technology companies to disabled students in South-Africa, thus enabling companies to test and promote their product to people that don’t have access to schooling. • Selective application process for educational technology companies • Designed to provide clear guidelines to parents and students in order to avoid ambiguity related to the use of new technologies • Data visualization of the impact on the student (developed skills, academic progression, and test score) • Development of strategic partnerships with corporations and not-for-profit organizations in order to connect disabled students with remote and/or part-time jobs.

Who benefits?

Disabled students Educational technology companies Not-for-profit organizations and corporations looking to hire

How is your idea unique?

The idea is unique because it allows foreign technology companies to use their beta testing phase to make a social impact by enabling disabled students to access the newest educational technologies. Companies will gather data that they can use for marketing purposes. Therefore, the platform will be able to generate revenue by charging a monthly fee to allow companies to promote and test their products in South Africa. Currently, many foreign educational technology start-ups do not have access to the African market due to the lack of logistics and organizational strategy related to market penetration. At the same time, disabled students need those technologies and there currently isn’t any credible educational platform providing a similar service that African parents can rely on. As a result, disabled students will be able to get their schooling from home, and the lack of physical infrastructure will no longer be a restriction to learning.

Tell us more about you

We are a team from the OpenIDEO chapter in Toronto. Our experience includes web and mobile development, UI/UX Design, marketing, strategy and logistics.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

1. It is important to consider the challenges related to foreign companies operating remotely. For instance, if a company needs to provide a specific hardware to students (users), what is the process by which the hardware will be distributed? 2. What will happen when companies are done with their beta testing?

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • South Africa

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • No, not yet.

Idea Maturity

  • Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it.

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Photo of Fadila Lagadien

A good idea. I am trying to do something similar in SA but Not the project I have on here) need a technology partner/collaborator. See Let's collaborate. I am in Pretoria.