June 5th is World Environment Day, kickstarting this month with a worldwide initiative to raise…
We Have A Global Learning Crisis
At the end of 2018, UNESCO released a report on the state of education across the world – and it didn’t exactly inspire hope. According this study, schools across the world are failing to provide many students with basic literacy and mathematical skills. This dire situation boils down to 3 key problems.
1. Lack of access to schooling
2. Failure to keep children in school
3. Poor quality of education in schools
Like it or not, we are in the midst of a worldwide learning crisis.
But There Is Hope
While it may seem bleak that this problem exists in all corners of the globe, rest assured that the solutions are too. Out of Impact Hub’s entire global network, education is what drives the majority of our members. As the most addressed topic in the community, reaching SDG 4: Quality Education is at the top of everyone’s list.
Last year the Community Impact Report revealed just how much this issue is being worked on in every region. For instance, SDG 4 is addressed by:
- 32% of members in Latin America & the Caribbean
- 32% in Asia Pacific
- 30% in Africa & Middle East
- 28% in Europe
- 28% in North America
So no matter how difficult the outcome may seem right now, solutions are coming. Many are already out there, and soon you can discover them in detail right here on our blog.
Education Champions Worth Your Time
We’re kicking off the new year by celebrating the champions of learning, so here’s what you can look forward to in the coming weeks…
1. Discover the app that’s changing people’s lives
Mosabi (formerly InvestED) is a promising company from Africa that educates its audience to build better and more stable livelihoods. They deliver content through an Android app that has been rigorously designed for low-bandwidth, low literacy settings. As people complete their video and interactive media courses, they are connected with incentives and calls to action linked to the SDGs. Stay tuned to find out more about this game-changing tech.
2. Get to know the founders of Equal Education
In a recent interview with Equal Education founders, we found out all there is to know about this UK-based startup. The team behind this company work with schools and virtual schools to narrow the attainment gap between children in care and those who aren’t. Soon we’ll share our interview to find out why it’s so important to connect students with much needed tutors in the UK.
3. Meet the finalists of this year’s Greiner Family Impact Initiative
The Greiner Family Impact Initiative is an accelerator program run by Impact Hub Vienna, designed to bridge the gap between start-ups, know-how and funding. Each year the program chooses a different focus and right now, the aim is to support equal access to education and employment opportunities as a means to reduce risks of poverty and social exclusion. In the coming weeks, we’ll introduce you to its most promising participants.
4. Overcome your communication impediment
Hablando Con Julis is an all-in-one technological solution that enables people with communication impediments of all ages to read, write, speak, and learn by the use of images that are interpreted through write and voiced words. Stay tuned as we find more about this inspiring Latin American startup.
5. Educate together, on the beach
DreamHouse ‘Ewa Beach is a community-led school in Hawaii built by educators, parents, and community members who have been working to design a public charter school in ‘Ewa Beach. This impressive, collaborative project aims to alleviate overcrowding and offer families another option at the secondary level. We’ll put the spotlight on ‘Ewa Beach to discover just how valuable this project is to achieving SDG 4.
6. Empowering the tech leaders of the future
SmartStart is an innovation program set up to enable young Cambodian university students to launch their own tech startups. One of its winners includes Tos Rean: an online platform that connects students with much needed home tutoring services. Soon we’ll be diving deep into how exactly this program works, and what possibilities it brings into focus.
So How Can You Stay Up to Date?
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These 6 companies work towards the following SDGs: