The Global Education Initiative
Explain your idea in details:
The main objective of the Global Education Initiative is to ensure quality education for all and empower developing communities. The Initiative achieves this through its three main components: education, assimilation and business. For education component, the G.E.I will work with UN member states and Universities around the world to develop bonded-education degrees secured with scholarships in return for job-placements. Before commencing job-placement, graduates will need adequate training in the local language, however, graduates can only begin teaching local children once they have been fully culturally integrated and assimilated into the community. Graduates from the local community will not need to be culturally integrated and can therefore begin teaching immediately after the completion of their degree. Graduates coming from similar communities (such as communities in the same country or across the border) will need to be culturally integrated for a period of three months. Graduates from developed countries going to developing countries (or those going to completely different communities) will need to spend a period of six months living amongst the community and can only begin teaching once cultural integration has been solidified. For the business component of the G.E.I, community members will be taught how to run independent businesses and network. Once members are equipped with the skills needed to run their own small businesses, the initiative will issue them a micro-loan for members to start their business. Through these innovative approaches, the Global Education Initiative will educate and holistically empower communities.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The purpose of the Global Education Initiative is to educate and holistically empower communities. The G.E.I does this by ensuring quality education (for both males and females) in areas of little or no education in addition to combatting the cycle of poverty through teaching the running of businesses and issuing micro-loans. The Initiative also endorses social capital globally within communities and equips them with the skills needed to thrive. By working with UN member states and Universities, the Initiative will create robust and effective partnerships with global governments and civil society to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This will pave the way for true sustainable development in the areas of education and reducing poverty. In order to measure the G.E.Is success, the G.E.I will gather qualitative statics before and after its implementation and assess the changes in the community. They will also evaluate community progress in the areas of education and business growth and make any necessary improvements. To make the G.E.Is work more effective; in the first six months of placements, graduates will be coached by a senior teacher in how to effectively meet the needs of the community and administrate a school. Graduates will also work alongside low-paid professional volunteers from the community who will have incentives to spend blocks of 12 months mentoring and educating other community members in basic teaching skills. Both the mentors and community members will be given accredited training hours. After this phase, community members can then begin working as teaching aids at community schools. The curriculum being taught must be developed with the community's input in order to make it as impact-driven as possible and avoid community backlash. The idea behind this is that once the graduates withdraw from the community, schools will still continue to prosper.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The Global Education Initiatives business model follows from its three components: education, assimilation and business. The Global Education Initiative would need to be implemented and funded by the the United Nations for both the education and assimilation components of the Initiative. The business component would need to be initially funded and then once loans have been repaid, this component will be able to look after itself. The funds gained from the loan repayments would then be used to issue loans to other communities. The G.E.I would also look to collaborate and create partnerships with organisations such as International Monetary Fund and World Bank for additional monetary support. The way the G.E.I will work is through collaborating with UN member states to fund an initial community project (for example, implementing the Initiative in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) and then once the project is successful, it will then be replicated in other developing communities, mainly those in developing countries or indigenous communities in developed countries. This business model is very sustainable since the United Nations and other relevant organisations would be funding education and micro-loans, meaning that they would be funding sustainable development until communities reach the stage where they are able to look after themselves. Education and micro-loans have proven to be effective approaches to breaking the cycle of poverty and empowering community members with independence and self sufficiency.
My name is Kupakwashe Matangira, I am 16 years old and live in Australia. I was born on Zimbabwe and moved to Australia when I was five, because of my background I am very passionate about human rights and advocacy. Through this, I am determined to speak up for justice and create the change that I want to see in the world. I long to see a world where we all are equal and have the same opportunities, despite our gender, ethnicity or culture. I believe that it is our duty to improve the lives of others for the better in whatever way we can. My determination is my motivation to create change in the world. In 2015, I won the New South Wales Voice Public Speaking Competition, which sought to find solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. In 2016, I came second in Australia for my solutions on promoting mental health, Indigenous rights and solving the Refugee Crisis at Voice Nationals. In that same year, I had the pleasure of representing my electorate and the people of New South Wales at Junior Parliament. In March 2017, I attended New South Wales State Conference to discuss multiculturalism in a changing world and debate the efficacy of religious freedoms and how to best deal with the Middle-Eastern Refugee Crisis. In July, I will be attending Asia-Pacific National Conference to debate current world conflicts and sustainable development. I also do International debating and Model United Nations. All of these experiences have made me all the more eager to change the lives of others for the better and make a positive impact on this world.