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Smart mobile classroom truck for girls: delivering education, fun, safety and services to the communities under emergency situations.

Approaching a school to girls that live within an emergency situation, using the latest technology available in the form of a mobile truck.

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What problem does your innovation solve?

This mobile classroom truck helps to solve the lack of physical infrastructure for a school, bringing shelter and a safe place for girls to receive education. The truck can move from one community to another following a schedule, so there will be no need for the girls to walk to the closest school avoiding the risk involved in that activity during emergencies situation. With only female teachers and support personal in touch with the girls, it will be a girl - friendly project.

Explain your innovation.

The Smart Mobile Classroom Truck will change the way the education is given to the children and youth during an eventuality, where a temporally infrastructure is built to work as a school and bringing the students to it. Under this model, the school is the one that will be going where the students are and will be moving from community or camps delivering education, fun and services to more children with the same resources. An important innovation in this project, is that is focus on female student. The internal and external decorations; the equipment, books, tools, and goods used during the classes; the teachers and support staff, and the workshops will be female oriented. As a self sufficient truck, it will generate its own power to supply electricity to all the equipment and will have access to the internet (satellite technology & Wi-Fi). The education given to the girls will be supported with the use of a smart board and tablets with access to the internet containing pre loaded educational friendly programs and applications and activities (according to ages) . We understand the importance of continue the children education during an emergency situation, but the their recreation and nutrition play an important factor in their learning. For that reason the truck will provide food and water for the students, a variety of games(electronic and non electronic) and gear to be used during recess, and will use one side of the truck as a screen to play movies at night

Who benefits?

The main beneficiaries of the project are the girls and female youth that live in areas that have being affected by an emergency situation, by approaching them a school to continue their studies in a safe place using the technology as the principal tool. But the smart truck goes further, giving access to the technology and recreational activities on board to the rest of community after school hours. The smart truck moves from one community to another delivering the same program so the number of beneficiaries will potentially be the number of female students living in the communities that the truck can visit. With the list of diary assistance during the different times the truck visit the same community, we can measure the rate of girls that have been assisting to classes in a regular basis. The community can watch movies at night using one of the truck sides as screen to bring together parents, children and individual around the truck to forget, at least for a moment, the problematic.

How is your innovation unique?

The use of technology inside a truck to bring a school to the communities in a regular basis to prevent that girls quit school is just part of idea. The truck will provide for the girls medical, social and psychological attention. Once a week professionals in these areas will be with the truck. A digitalisation service will be available for the community to secure their personals documents that they could save. I have a deep knowledge of the social, logistics and geographical challenges during an emergency. My experience working during natural disasters within a government entity, planing and coordinating the logistics to send and distributes goods and food in the affected areas, will be advantageous to deliver the project . Some organisations use trucks/buses as libraries mobile offices for services or to deliver foods and goods to. Most of them visit a community only once and they don´t come back again. About education, they just build a temporal structure for a school, no more.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

My concern about the project is the reliability to access the internet to be used as an education tool in areas where is very likely that the services are limited or have being cut down for the emergency. The satellite technology give us a backup but still is unknown if will be working. Another problem will be the condition of the roads to get to the communities affected and to select the correct size of the truck in order to be affordable, to get access to the communities and to deliver education to the most possible number of girls in once.

Tell us more about you.

I am an individual working with my wife, both with Australian and Mexican citizenship, me with a deep knowledge of the challenges that involve an emergency situation and she with lots of experience in PR and brokering partnership. I have worked dealing with the logistics for distribute goods & food during natural disasters in Mexico. My wife has worked for 7 years brokering partnerships to deliver projects for the Australian Government in areas of Education, Defence and Health.

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Natural disaster
  • Extreme drought
  • Other (please specify in next question)

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

The project will operate in Poverty emergencies, where the children quit school to help their parents to work or their parents simply don´t take them to school. This is one of the principal factors that make nearly impossible to brake the poverty circle in witch these communities have lived for years and years. The lack of education opportunities for the children of these communities, specially the girls, clamp them to live in the same economical situation as their parents where they grow up.

Where will your innovation be implemented?

In the remote and indigenous areas of Mexico where poverty, natural disasters and violence and discrimination against women make that children quit school, specially the girls. The geographical situation of Mexico can make easy to move the truck to another counties, if necessary, like Central America and the north part of South America.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

In-country Networks

I have very good contacts within the Federal, State and Local governments where we can get support for the implementation and/or sponsorship of the project. This includes Ministers, Premiers and Directors of governments institutions. My brother works in a political party that makes easy to reach local governments running by them to present the project. Many of my friends are actually working in different governments institutions, many of them of great importance to develop the project.

Sector Expertise

  • I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for less than a year.

Sector Expertise - Elaborate

I worked for 3 years for Diconsa, a Mexican government company which main work is to provide food to remote communities in poverty and extreme poverty by the establishment of community stores or the use of mobile stores. I was responsible of the logistics to distribute the goods to the stores and, during emergency situation (natural disasters) the distribution of medicines, blankets, foods and others goods to the company´s warehouse to be delivered to the area affected.

Innovation Maturity

  • Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Organization Status

  • We are not registered but plan to in the future.

Organization Location

In Australia but as Mexican Citizens as well we can travel and stay in Mexico without any restriction.

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Hi Juan,
I see you have seen what happens when people are in poverty. That kind of experience only comes from trying to help people who are experiencing the problem this Challenge is trying to solve. Good on you. Have you thought about how you will sustain this program? Let's say you get a truck and equip it with computers and a satellite dish. Will the driver/teacher have the technical skill to align the satellite antenna at every stop. Have you thought how you are going to pay for the satellite service and the driver, fuel, repair, materials and teacher after grant funds run out? Have you thought about what you will teach? How will you be able to discern what needs to be taught? Will you have both a driver and a teacher? How will they be protected? Where will they sleep, bathe, eat, etc? What will the vehicle look like? Will it be 4 wheel drive? Will you be able to get permission to go into a troubled or disaster area?
Perhaps you have spoken to other organizations you will partner with?
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David Stephens