According to UNESCO (2013), if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of physical poverty. This is a 12% cut in world poverty. Education helps disrupt cycles of poverty and violence. It is a central component of breaking generational poverty and creating transformative change for individuals and communities in the developing world.
Building classrooms, hiring teachers and getting children in the classroom is not enough. They need to learn while they are there. According to The Brookings Centre for Universal Education, “61 MILLION African children will reach adolescence lacking even the most basic literacy and numeracy skills.”
Our mission is to produce a measurable improvement in educational and vocational outcomes, and to increase educational access for everyone. “Education needs to be of good quality so that children actually learn” and leave school with the skills needed for the jobs of the future.
Your donation today:
• Ensures children gain literacy and numeracy skills as well as meaningful life skills
• Provides government approved textbooks for students and teachers
• Supports and resources teachers to deliver competency-based education (CBE) curriculum being implemented by many African countries.
• Alleviates the complete lack of educational resources by supplying 25,000+high quality resources through Tusitawi eLearning solution
Our sustainability initiatives start in the classroom. Tusitawi eLearning is installed before sustainability projects are implemented. These projects allow students opportunities for hands-on experiences while supporting Competency-Based Education and following the local curriculum.
As the sustainability initiatives earn income, a % of revenue is used to pay student fees and an additional % of profits are paid to a Domestic fund to cover initial seed funding for other projects. These funds are then used to implement new sustainability initiatives for schools in high need communities.
The result is that your donations are recycled and help school after school provide transformative, high quality education to their students.
One of the biggest cost factors for setting up Tusitawi for a new school is the cost of the hardware. The equipment used is low power, and heat and dirt tolerant ensuring that everything work so that teachers can teach and students can learn. As the sustainability efforts result in income, the cost of the equipment is repaid. As a result your donation is recycled and available to provide equipment at other schools.
One of the first questions the Learning for Humanity staff ask school administration when discussing their school’s needs is “How many computers does your school have?” Often a school has a few but the answers most often include the statement “but most of them don’t work.” This is generally followed by showing us a pile of non-functional computers.
Office computers were never designed to work in harsh climates, especially ones with lots of dust and heat. All of the equipment used by Learning for Humanity is low power, with few moving parts and our servers have an industrial rating to be heat, dirt, moisture and vibration tolerant. Our goal is to provide equipment (and support) to ensure that everything just works so that teachers can teach and students can learn.
Power grids are often unstable in the developing world and schools experience frequent brown-outs and black-outs. Some schools operate without connection to the power grid at all. In the near future, Learning for Humanity will include solar power as part of its TMS offering to mitigate power outages and lack of access to the public power grid.
TMS is designed to work with or without internet access. WiFi is installed to cover the school campus (unlimited coverage area), including staff residential coverage if housing is on campus – allowing for after school research and lesson preparation.