Business Partnership Sought to Bring Online Education to the Extreme Bottom of the Pyramid

Business Partnership Sought to Bring Online Education to the Extreme Bottom of the Pyramid

  • Overview

    Project objectives

    Problem-Solution Statement

    The specific problems are inability to provide universal education for the unschooled; extreme poverty that limits access to school; no or intermittent access to reliable power and Wi-Fi connectivity, and a worsening global education crisis due to poverty, war and migration. The shortfall in funding to provide basic education for all has reach $26 billion U.S. dollars annually – in contrast, it will cost less than $80 million to provide online education through home-based micro learning havens. The problem of lack of universal education persists due to government financial limitations, teachers not showing up or inadequately trained, poor curriculum – and education simply not available to the poorest of the poor. Also, there has not been focus on leveraging online education to provide universal education for the poorest. While ‘smart’ phones and tablets are ubiquitous, digital educational content has not kept pace. There are isolated pockets of exceptional content (e.g., videos by the Khan Academy), but there is little curated or structured material tailored to a K12 curriculum.

    Our solution is an online education model (and requisite power supply, server/router and wireless tablet) provided through a global network of micro learning havens for five to eight students at a time — truly universal access to education. Traditional schools often don’t exist in vulnerable or remote areas. To create schools requires millions spent on buildings, transport, meals, materials, and instructors. The online school provides a safe and quality education that fosters engaged global citizens who will gain core knowledge, learn vital skills and embrace universal values. We chose this solution because it addresses a global problem that has been largely unsolvable – education for those we are currently unschooled. We view our model as a tremendous opportunity to leapfrog traditional “bricks and books” education by creating a new model of content development, delivery and instruction, greatly compensating for systemic gaps in infrastructure, human capital, and developing country resources.

    The ‘Apps to Empower’ initiative (http://www.appstoempower.org/index.php) is an initiative that Axion developed together with UN Office of Partnerships and has helped to develop and launch apps that educate and empower. Axion Education is further open to bringing together companies and UN entities to bring online education to a wider audience.

    Project URL

    http://axioneducation.org/online-school/

    Partnership types of interest

    Advocacy of global issues; Provision of goods

    Regions / countries / territories

    Africa: 54 countries

    • Angola
    • Benin
    • Botswana
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burundi
    • Cameroon
    • Canary Islands
    • Cape Verde
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Comoros
    • Congo
    • Congo (Democratic Republic of the)
    • Cote d'Ivoire
    • Djibouti
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Eritrea
    • Ethiopia
    • Gabon
    • Gambia
    • Ghana
    • Guinea
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Kenya
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Mali
    • Mauritania
    • Mauritius
    • Mayotte (France)
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • Reunion (France)
    • Rwanda
    • Saint Helena
    • Sao Tome and Principe
    • Senegal
    • Seychelles
    • Sierra Leone
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • South Sudan (Republic of)
    • Sudan
    • Swaziland
    • Togo
    • Uganda
    • United Republic of Tanzania
    • Western Sahara
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe

    Americas: 53 countries

    • Anguilla
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Argentina
    • Aruba
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Bermuda
    • Bolivia
    • Brazil
    • Canada
    • Cayman Islands
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Costa Rica
    • Cuba
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Easter Island (Chile)
    • Ecuador
    • El Salvador
    • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
    • French Guiana
    • Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
    • Greenland
    • Grenada
    • Guadeloupe (France)
    • Guatemala
    • Guyana
    • Haiti
    • Honduras
    • Jamaica
    • Martinique
    • Mexico
    • Montserrat
    • Netherlands Antilles
    • Nicaragua
    • Panama
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Puerto Rico
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France)
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Suriname
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
    • United States
    • Uruguay
    • Venezuela
    • Virgin Islands (British)
    • Virgin Islands (United States)

    Asia: 40 countries

    • Afghanistan
    • Armenia
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bangladesh
    • Bhutan
    • Brunei Darussalam
    • Cambodia
    • China
    • China - Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)
    • China - Macau (Special Administrative Region)
    • China - Taiwan Province
    • Christmas Island
    • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
    • Cyprus
    • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
    • French Southern and Antarctic Lands
    • Georgia
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Japan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Lao People's Democratic Republic
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Mongolia
    • Myanmar
    • Nepal
    • Pakistan
    • Philippines
    • Republic of Korea
    • Singapore
    • Sri Lanka
    • Tajikistan
    • Thailand
    • Timor Leste
    • Turkey
    • Turkmenistan
    • Uzbekistan
    • Vietnam

    Europe: 52 countries

    • Aland Islands (Finland)
    • Albania
    • Andorra
    • Austria
    • Azores
    • Belarus
    • Belgium
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Bulgaria
    • Channel Islands
    • Croatia
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Faeroe Islands
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Gibraltar
    • Greece
    • Holy See
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • Ireland
    • Isle of Man
    • Italy
    • Latvia
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Madeira (Portugal)
    • Malta
    • Monaco
    • Montenegro
    • Netherlands
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Republic of Moldova
    • Romania
    • Russian Federation
    • San Marino
    • Serbia
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Spain
    • Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (Norway)
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
    • Ukraine
    • United Kingdom

    Middle East: 19 countries

    • Algeria
    • Bahrain
    • Egypt
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Israel
    • Jordan
    • Kuwait
    • Lebanon
    • Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
    • Morocco
    • Oman
    • Qatar
    • Saudi Arabia
    • State of Palestine
    • Syrian Arab Republic
    • Tunisia
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Yemen

    Oceania: 26 countries

    • American Samoa
    • Australia
    • Cook Islands
    • Fiji
    • French Polynesia
    • Guam
    • Heard and McDonald Islands
    • Kiribati
    • Marshall Islands
    • Micronesia (Federated States of)
    • Nauru
    • New Caledonia
    • New Zealand
    • Niue
    • Norfolk Island
    • Northern Mariana Islands
    • Palau
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Pitcairn
    • Samoa
    • Solomon Islands
    • Tokelau
    • Tonga
    • Tuvalu
    • Vanuatu
    • Wallis and Futuna Islands

    Detailed location

    Global

    Partners

    Existing partners

    Main contact: Meliha Good
    GoodX for corporate partnerships; DataWind for low-cost educational tablets; BRCK for remote power and WiFi; various engaged for K12 curriculum development, and the UN Office for Partnerships to leverage Global Apps to Empower initiative.

    Preferred partner organisation(s)

    NGO Global; NGO Local; Social Enterprise