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Educate through overseas professionals to supplement the need of trained teachers

We can gather overseas professionals to contribute an hour daily to educate children via existing and proven online communication tools.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

By using the greatest asset of the community i.e. educated community living in other countries to conduct online courses which will be delivered remotely through the use of technologies
already available today.
  ● Time zone difference can make it ideal for the overseas professionals to lend their after work time to
     contribute to the society without impacting their work lives.
  ● Setting up physical classroom (inside or mobile) with a virtual/online educator from abroad to transfer
     the knowledge.
 ● We do not aim to just create another bunch of Matriculation pass kids with no or very limited real life
     skill sets.
● Rather we aim to create a generation who will have the knowledge and skills to excel in whatever career
    they choose.
● The same model can be enhanced for youth development to induce entrepreneurship and self sustain
    earning skills that will not be dependent on the job market but local market needs.
Our focus areas:
1. English (Focus on Reading and Speaking)
2. Mathematics (With Practical Application)
3. Humanity (Manners, Ethics, Patriotism, skills)
4. Science (Day to day life subjects like food, energy etc.

WHO BENEFITS?

PROTOTYPE

We would gather a set of 20 kids in an urban slum and conduct online sessions through latest communication tools and leverage the developed countries course curriculum to transfer highest quality education to these children free of cost.

We would use a TV/projector, a room or a tent, laptop with mobile broadband internet connection, generator or electricity (if available), Skype or Google Hangout accounts, in-class facilitator for kids and relevant accounts in the online education portals to use the relevant material - to conduct daily classes for 3 -4 hours.

FEEDBACK

We would like to get feedback from the students, their parents, their employers, their peers/friends and most importantly influential entrepreneurs in the education development fields to help us optimize our work to maximize the benefits of our time.

HOW IS THIS IDEA DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOUR ORGANIZATION (OR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS) IS ALREADY DOING?

The idea is unique because so far, none of the organizations we have come across are benefitting from the different time zones, educated professionals overseas, leveraging education methods in the developed markets, and most importantly having no impact on the daily work routine of a student or an educator.

HOW WOULD YOU USE AMPLIFY FUNDING AND DESIGN SUPPORT?

We will use part of the funding to set up a test bed or a trial class with on ground, gather a team of 20 kids from the slums and test our idea to get the feedback to refine it. Once, we have nailed down the first run, we will replicate this model in other areas of the same city and other cities later on.

Also, we will use the money to set up a centralized library where educators will upload their material that can be delivered initially by themselves and later by anyone else from the team to perform knowledge sharing sessions.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF THE CHALLENGE?

Yes, it fits the challenge needs as it doesn't require trained teachers on ground, or doesn't put any requirements on the students apart from attending these sessions. Educators don't have to take time away from their families or work. The model is very cost effective as it doesn't require anything from the educator point of view. He/She will be using existing internet connection, and content is already from the well known education programs.

SKILL SHARE (optional)

We would need partnership/help with some organization on ground in the destination country that can campaign, gather kids, enroll them to classes and maintain discipline on daily basis.

We can share our technology knowledge, cost estimations, ground realities about hurdles and ideas about how to expand it further.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

We are a group of young IT professionals who have been working & living abroad with our families for few years. However, at no point, each one of us didn't let go the thinking of our homeland’s ailing situation. Currently, we are in North America.

IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?

  • Yes, and I am looking for a partner working with refugee communities to implement this idea.

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