Janine Teo, 37

Founder & CEO, Solve Ed­u­ca­tion!

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - GREAT WOMEN OF OUR TIME 2019 -

Janine firmly be­lieves that ed­u­ca­tion is the key to solv­ing many chal­lenges we face in the world today. But she found it tough to find a way to give every­one equal ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion. This changed dur­ing a work trip abroad to nearby In­done­sia. “I was go­ing through a slum area in Jakarta one day, and saw this mother try­ing to op­er­ate two smart­phones while babysit­ting her child. I found out that by 2020, 70 per cent of the world will have a ba­sic smart­phone and in­ter­mit­tent in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity,” she ex­plains. “There are 262 million chil­dren and youth who do not go to school today and it oc­curred to me that if I could fig­ure out how to ed­u­cate kids through the use of a smart­phone, then I’d be able to break this cy­cle of in­equal­ity.” It was the im­pe­tus Janine needed to start Solve Ed­u­ca­tion! in 2015. The com­pany has de­vel­oped a learn­ing app called Dawn Of Civ­i­liza­tion, which has more than 10,000 users as of Novem­ber 2018.

Jew­ellery from Pan­dora. Dress and belt, both from Loro Piana.

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