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Christina commented on Decentralization of Education in low-income countries

Hi! So I reviewed and answered all of your comments. I will be adding visuals to my proposal to make it clearer. Thanks for your feedback. Please let me know if these responses answer your questions.

1. This section has been changed.
2. Traveling Teachers are young native teachers or foreign teachers who speak the language or a provided with a translator.
3. None of the materials will be stored online. Most of these countries do not have a via internet connection. Solar Powered phones and computers have been created in DIY computer Tech communities. When instructors come for training they will be taught basic care and maintenance. For any advanced difficulties, families will have to travel for a center or wait for a TT to come to their area.
4. As stated above, these countries do not have viable internet stability. Of course, there can be records kept on the computer but having a stamp paper or a bracelet that can be attached to the body is the safest way to ensure records are conveyed to the appropriate people.
a. Ex: Instructor records that student completed the first quarter of second grade. The instructor wasn’t in the same community group and left the area. The student and the instructor both have a record of the student’s completion. A month later, A TT is in the area. The TT sees the completion mark and gives the student the exam. The TT records it on the computer and but the student will have a paper record. The student’s father cannot find work so they travel to another area. There is a popup education center. The TT was able to get an internet connection and transferred the records to the organization. The student was also able to verify completion.

5. The families will make the products/ Goods. Many areas have a craft that they use to make money. However, these skills do not have access to the world due to lack of internet access. By partnering with an economic organization, we can ensure that materials to create these things are available to the families at a center. The families can participate in the creation of the crafts and receive pay.

Also, I specialize in information products. The western world is loves to learn unique things. In Vietnam, they row boats with their feet. By participating in the creation of a ebook or course families will be able to receive residue income from those products.

While these families may be poor in physical resources, their minds contain information that other people really want to learn about. I want to harness that information for their benefit. Other examples are native cooking course, medicinal remedies, unique fishing skills etc.

6. The assumption is that the students can legally participate in the education system in the area they are located in. This proposal assumes that they will not be crossing country borders. Education continues as the families travel because they will have the materials for 2-3 years on them. Pop-up centers are not location based. They are mobile centers that move around a geographical area.

Ex: The country is divided into five sections. Each section has 3-5 pop centers. The locations of the centers in the section move every 2-3 months to give access to all areas within the section. Each section has 20 – 30 TT who travel the designated section to work with instructors and students. When a family crosses sections, they will still be able to participate in the overall system. Refugees who sign up in one country can’t transfer to another country during the first few years because the second country may not be a part of the program.

7. It is mentioned in that section is says, “
Traveling Teachers will have the authority to certify grade completion, give exams, and administer lessons in-person or via radio and internet connections.” But I will change it to be clearer

There is no base or physical school in this system. I don’t plan to bring education to anyone’s homes. Simply empower people within those home to guide education. If families have a place, they will be able to form their own school. Also refer to the above section to see how the system is set up.


Christina commented on Food for Thought

This is definitely an interesting concept. Several countries have tried a similar solution. The most successful being in Brazil.
It takes away the financial problems that parents face with sending their children to school and that is one of the biggest hurdles.

These are my concerns:
1. While this proposal gives a reason to send the children to school, it doesn't address the safety concerns of getting the students to the building. Some parents my want to send their child but they don't want to risk their safety.
2. Some families will have more children to receive more money from the government( Cynical but it happens)
3. The program isn't self-sustaining. Education budgets are unfortunately one of the first ones cut in a lot of countries. If the program isn't self-sustaining, what is stopping policy makers from cutting the program after 5 years?

I would to hear your response and brainstorm some solutions with you.


Christina commented on Decentralization of Education in low-income countries

Thanks for your comment, It seems I need to rephrase a few things in my proposal. I have answered your question below, please let me know if you have any other questions. I'm eager for feedback.

Traveling Teachers will not be the parents. Traveling Teachers are certified teachers from abroad or within the country. I don't expect them to have children. I would focus on young teachers looking for a sense of adventure because they will work for less for the experience. But these teachers will work within a geographical region of the country. So if they do have family, They would only be separated for 1-3 days a week depending on conditions.

Parents and children 17+ are only trained in how to guide students in completing lessons. This will include basic lesson delivery such as how to ask questions when you don't know the answer, how to check for answers, how to get the radio signals to receive official lessons, etc. If we teach them to read, how to teach younger children to read in the same way. I'm not great with pedagogy but I do know that in american teachers who don't know the content at all can guide the lesson and promote self -learning if they are taught how to do so and provided with resources.

I am however expecting that the remuneration will allow them to take the time to allow the children to learn since they are able to participate in the program based on their child's enrollment and advancement.