This Ideation Challenge is looking for technology-supported approaches to provide basic education in one or more of the following crisis or conflict situations: Health Crisis, Natural Disaster, and Conflict Zone. 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.
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.
Crisis or conflict situations, and their immediate aftermath, can severely disrupt the delivery and quality of basic education services. Even once the crisis or conflict subsides, this interruption can have long-term consequences on student enrolment and retention in school as well as their cognitive, academic and socio- emotional development. This means educational gains in affected regions can quickly be stalled or even reversed as a result of this disruption.
As a result of missed schooling due to conflict or crisis, a large number of students are over age per grade level. (i.e. older than the average age of those in the same grade level). Girls’ educational attainment is particularly impacted by crises or conflicts since they are already disproportionately under-enrolled in school and subject to gender-based violence. The educational attainment of marginalised children, such as children with disabilities, is particularly impacted by crises and conflict. Child welfare is also impacted by teaching and learning materials, provided in areas where children have been relocated to, which may contain discriminatory content and/or promote controversial and exclusionary messages.
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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