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Maike commented on Community Champions

Hi Deborah, thanks! We are still quite early, so no implementations just yet (we started during the crisis less than 2 months ago). We did some validation through interviews, testing our prototype and user research, are right now building our minimum viable product and in discussion with first test and pilot locations, mainly in Europe and South America. Having lived in Nairobi for a month last year, I would love to see if there are use cases we could explore together!
By the way, do you know Grassroots Economics and are you connected to them? They are doing some amazing work mostly around financial inclusion in rural communities in Kenya. I think their data and experience might give some great additional insights into the barriers parents are facing when it comes to their children's education, and they might be a great partner for holistic solutions especially in rural areas. Here are some of their stories related to Covid-19: https://www.grassrootseconomics.org/blog

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Maike commented on Community Champions

Hi Deborah! I really enjoyed reading through your idea and insights, and can really see how leadership during the crisis is such an important factor. As part of a team that has been thinking a lot about community-based peer learning and tutoring for the last weeks, I would love to hear more about your approach and insights. We had some ideas about remote coaching and linking communities that might be complementary to your work - it would be great to explore if and how that could be relevant! Here is the short story writeup of our work: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/covid-reimagine-learning-challenge/ideas/community-heroes-skill-exchange-tutoring-and-learning-in-a-community-setting

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Maike commented on Entertainment x Education - a co-creation lab

Thank you for the kind comment Peter Worth ! I feel like there would be so many assumptions and questions still to test as the idea is still pretty raw. One good way to start would be to start really small: maybe with a local innovation workshop involving few students, game developers, digital innovators and teachers that aims to solve a specific problem that both students and teachers identify. The outcome of this could be a simple game, a new way of framing educational content, or an entirely new approach - I'd be really interested to see what kind of ideas and insights emerge from such a session. If anyone is interested to participate, please sign up here :D