The Challenge

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How might we increase the availability of affordable learning tools & services for students in the developing world? read the brief

Idea

Build affordable transportation to help children get to school

By using local resources children can build their own transportation in schools. By doing that they will learn basic manufacturing techniques, gain skills in math and construction and help themselves to go to school faster and easier.
In a lot of 3rd world countries access to education is often very difficult. Because mostly bus systems are not reliable or just not existing, kids have to walk sometimes for hours to go to school. To get rid of this hurdle the concept would be to create a affordable, simple, robust and save transportation which is also easy to maintain. This would help to give more kids the possibility to go to school and not being exhausted getting there.
In addition all skills they need to build this vehicle, will be taught by local teachers, trained by external professionals. They will learn basic manufacturing techniques, math, construction and teamwork.
Who would implement this?
  1. A big company
  2. A local entrepreneur or small organization
  3. A globally-based social entrepreneur
  4. NGOs and Foundations
  5. I would!
  6. I don’t really know
Cost
By using local resources and materials, costs would be relatively low. Mechanical parts that are not as easy available, could be donated. It also would be a possibility to recycle bikes and send those parts to 3rd world countries.
Distribution & Delivery
Sending voluntary professionals to train local teachers, so the community is not depending on external skills and develops themselves. After integrating the program in schools external professionals would leave.
Adoption
When people see kids using the vehicle on road, they gain immediate attention and interest. The use of the object should be self-explaining.
Local Need. Enterprising Schools has identified key areas of need for Affordable Private Schools. What local learning need(s) does this concept address?
  1. English language learning (speaking, reading, writing)
  2. Math learning
  3. Libraries
  4. Tech literacy
  5. Professional development
  6. Other

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