We have decided to embrace the challenge of the Global Learning X Prize and are now official competitors.
The challenge: Develop new learning solutions to empower children and communities around the world.
The $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE is a competition that challenges teams from around the world to develop open source scalable software solution that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within the 18 month competition field-testing period. An estimated 250 million children around the world cannot read, write, or demonstrate basic arithmetic skills. Many of these children are in developing countries without regular access to quality schools or teachers.
After the Imagine Cup competition in 2011 , we decided to continue on from our eBAKPAK and we decided to develop apps for literacy and numeracy with a focus on young children. The guiding principle is still “Learning for All” and combatting illiteracy and innumeracy. We have focussed on Apps for literacy (currently Shahoots the Storyteller and ReadnTalknWrite – RnTnW) and for numeracy(ActionFraction) plus one for learning the flute (Flootch). Action Fraction and Flootch are in the Applestore.
This is important to us all. The recent Unesco review of the progress toward original Millenium Goals shows us that 250 million kids do not have access to primary school education.