Our idea is to create a voluntary service program that uses online technologies to help meet Sustainable Development Goal Four—ensuring universal access to a quality education. If individuals do not have an education, which is in fact a human right, there can be no peace, prosperity or a healthy planet.
It tackles the problem that millions of young people (and adults) are excluded from an education and literacy/numeracy because of gender, geographic isolation, poverty, class size, different learning styles and disabilities.
It addresses the problem by matching those needing education assistance with those having skills in various educational subjects, such as reading, writing, math, language, STEM, etc.
Teachers can volunteer whatever number of hours they have available. Our survey showed that most educators said they could volunteer 1-10 hours a week. There will be attrition and turnover of teacher volunteers. But educators responded that they were prepared to volunteer more than six months, indicating that they realized that a longer-term engagement is most effective for learning.
Hello Ed, I found the idea valuable, interesting and I am willing to participate as a tutor. I cannot wait for people to start contributing to it. As it is imperative for kids to get on track with their studies, and for those who are not at school to get help in finding their way to a good education, I also think about many adults around the world who don’t know how to read. Do you have any plans for that? It is sad to think about how much of the human imagination has been recorded in books and other documents that they don’t have the opportunity to enjoy. I wonder what an idea like this could do for them. I can only imagine the intensity and dedication that some would put forth to learn new subjects, or the joy and enthusiasm that they would devour the fantasies of the many worlds created in books.