Why a World School is a Great Idea
Education is a fundamental right in many developed nations, but many world citizens miss out entirely.
A report from the ‘Global Campaign for Education’ (https://www.campaignforeducation.org/en/) in 2010, claimed that there are 70 Million Children that miss out on an Education.
The lack of an education does not just effect these children economically.
Lack of knowledge, could also potentially make them vulnerable to exploitation, and disease.
What is a World School
My suggestion is that we leverage the Internet to eliminate ‘education poverty’.
My concept of a world school would have regional teachers, connected to remote villages via the Internet, and delivering lessons. A bit like the way they used to deliver education to remote communities in Australia, over two-way radio.
Of course humans being humans means that there could be some local resistance to educating ever child.
Resistance could potentially come from local leaders, who may themselves not be educated.
Other forms of resistance might come from vested interests, such as those who wish to continue to exploit child workers.
The third issue could be resistance to the education of girls.
In many cultures girls are discriminated against, when it comes to being educated.
To be fair, it was like that the in the UK not that long ago in history. However that certainly doesn’t make it right.
A solution might be the involvement of local government partners (National Governments), to ‘sell the benefits’ of upskilling the countries population.
Benefits such as the potential for higher living standards, would temp resisters to change.
Why Knowledge Can save Lives
Some years ago I read a report on an health campaign in Africa.
The campaign had the aim to reduce unwanted pregnancies among young women, and to help reduce the spread of HIV / Aids (among both Women & Men).
It was realised that the Condoms were being received in damaged condition by those who would benefit from using them.
What was happening was that the Condoms were being ‘stapled’ to a piece of paper, before being handed out.
The staff responsible for distribution had not realised this was a problem, through lack of appropriate education & training.
Technology Challenges & Solutions
The Internet is currently only available to 56.8% of the world population (Source:https://internetworldstats.com/stats.htm).
Whilst this is rapidly increasing, we still have much work to do, to enable a ‘World School’ service.
Companies such as Google have announced that they are planning to provide worldwide Internet coverage in the near future https://www.theverge.com/2014/6/2/5771322/google-reportedly-launching-180-satellites-for-worldwide-internet
To be continued……