Congratulations to our Technology to Support Basic Education in Crises & Conflict Settings ideation prize competition winners:
Rethink Relief: Box Basics ( Stanford Learning, Design and Technology Program)
Conflict Zone (tied)
Engaging Personalized Learning for Refugees in Kenya (Xavier Project)
Outernet to Support Education in Ukraine’s Conflict Zones (Outernet, Inc.)
Plus 4 Honorable Mentions
The disruption of basic education services due to crisis and conflict situations has long-term consequences for students’ educational attainment and development. Technology offers an opportunity to reach and teach learners, who often cannot gather in traditional school settings in periods of such disruption, and prevent the stalling or reversal of educational and literacy gains in affected regions. Education could also provide psycho-social support and promote child and youth well-being in these settings. The Seeker is looking for technology-enabled approaches to provide basic education in one or more of the following crisis or conflict situations: Health Crisis, Natural Disaster, and Conflict Zones. Proposed Solutions should be usable within the first six months after the onset of the crisis or conflict and be usable within the context of a developing country.
Submit your idea in 1,000 words or less
The Seeker is looking for technology--supported approaches for adapting, developing and delivering learner-centered educational materials for learners in crisis and conflict situations where formal schooling has been interrupted and infrastructure and trained, in-person human resources are extremely limited.
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Proposed Solutions should focus on a specific country, area or region in a developing country and be deployable within the first six months after the onset of one or more of the following crisis or conflict situations:
Proposed Solutions should specify the crisis and/or conflict situation(s) selected and include a description of the setting the approach is being implemented in, the telecommunication infrastructure and technology assets being utilized, the form in which the educational content would be delivered and the target group.
Proposed Solutions should not include any personal identifying information the Solvers do not wish to make public, or any information the Solvers may consider as their Intellectual Property that they do not wish to share. While the settings should be realistic and Solvers may choose to highlight a specific crisis and/or conflict, there should be justification for the assumptions made, deep knowledge or research is not necessary and the setting can be theoretical.
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This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 30 March 2015. Late submissions will not be considered.
After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete a review process and determine the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.
The partners for this call are the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Vision, the Australian government, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). All partners have an interest in leveraging innovative approaches to improve access to quality education in crisis and/or conflict situations.
All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD), established in 2011 as a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Vision and the Australian Government, aims to catalyze the creation and expansion of scalable, low-cost solutions to improve literacy for early-grade students in developing countries, including those in crisis and/or conflict. For the purposes of this call, ACR GCD is collaborating with additional organizations to incorporate a broader range of basic education services which can include, though not exclusively focus on, early grade reading.
An Ideation Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas – a global brainstorm for producing breakthroughs. Ideation Challenges are often followed by one or more Challenges to further develop the ideas. Awards are offered in the form of ‘recognition’ prizes, as opposed to grants or funding for the implementation of the idea.
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Thank you for your submissions. We are currently at the judging phase.