Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition)
Bridging the digital divide in education
WHILE world leaders are battling to come up with ideas on how to solve the education crisis during the Covid19 pandemic, a group of youth think they have found the solution.
Twelve children from across the globe, aged between nine and 17, have developed a free-to-use digital access platform which allows youth everywhere to continue learning despite the shut down of schools.
The youth developed the platform through renowned disaster charity relief organisation Humanitarian Operations (Hope).
The international initiative, which was launched in London on Wednesday, seeks to allow children to learn at no cost at all.
Sixteen-year-old Louie Adler, a Year 11 student in London, and chairman of the youth board of directors at Hope, said he and his team decided to take matters into their own hands after the adults had failed to come up with any solutions on the education crisis.
“When the world went into lockdown, the grown ups hadn’t solved the problems that were impacting us. So we thought, why couldn’t we?” Adler told Independent Media.
They have found solutions to the real problems presented to working parents at their wits’ end, tired teachers trying to transition online, and uninspired students stuck at home.
“We wanted to create a chance for children all over the world to catch up on the education they have missed out.”
To date, the youth working for Hope have managed to secure the donation of an office building in central London, recruited over 2 000 graduates from top universities worldwide, partnered with world-class legal firms and the world’s largest investment banks and accountants in order to realise their dream.
Adler said he’d been planning on launching an education platform for several years.
“My dad was a helicopter pilot for Humanitarian Operations, a disaster relief charity. One day five years ago, when he was out on a rescue mission, I decided to reach out to the head trustee at the charity to tell him about my idea to bring world-class education to children across the globe.
“I believe there should be no such thing as educational inequality. I set up a youth board of directors with a few other youth who I knew would want to be involved. This has since grown into a huge organisation, with twelve child directors and over 2 000 volunteers, launching a platform called hope3g.com.
“With the coronavirus pandemic causing widespread disruption to our education, this issue has become more important than ever. The main objective is to create a world where every child has access to the same worldclass teaching,” said Adler.
“We have built this free-to-use, free- to- access platform which will allow children across the world to access educational content.”
Any student can access a lesson taught by a trained educator from the other side of the world.
“This eradicates educational inequalities, where only some children have access to world-class education. Because the pandemic has made faceto-face learning problematic, having large amounts of educational content on a digital platform will solve this issue. The best thing about hope3g. com is that it’s not just another platform. It’s interactive and fun.”
So how did a bunch of youngsters achieve all of this?
Adler said: “Working from stateofoffices in central London, donated by Halkin, we have teamed up with more than 2 000 volunteers, university graduates and professionals, who are working hard to make sure the organisation can run smoothly.”
The world’s richest man, Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos, is also part of the initiative. He donated server space.
Adler said starting out came with some challenges.