Boost Adult Literacy

Published on May 28, 2014 um 10:25

Summary of your idea

The objective of this idea is to reduce adult illiteracy rate via an innovative and low cost method. I plan to develop an online learning tool to tackle adult illiteracy and help the vulnerable groups of the society (e.g. Roma, migrants, prisoners, previous prisoners and their families, drug addicts, adults who dropped out school, unemployed people), and/or the organisations who are responsible for their (re)integration to the society. The role of the online learning tool is going to be twofold, it will not only support these groups to get or improve their literacy skills (reading, writing, reading comprehension, health literacy, job literacy etc.) but also it will make them digital literate. It is a new tool which does not exist and once it is proved successful in one language it can be developed in any other language As a learning tool will be as more interactive as possible with audiovisual learning content, exercises and tests. All the content will be based on making these people active citizens, provide them chances to find a job and enable them to deal with daily issues and problems (e.g. health, public institutes, etc). I quote hereafter some information to present you the importance of the problem which I am trying to contribute to its solution: Illiteracy threatens an estimated 785 million adults worldwide 1 in 5 of 15 years old EU citizens has insufficient reading skills How can patients take their medication properly if they cannot read instructions? Employees need to read safety instructions Investing in literacy is investing in human capital and the well-being of individuals and societies

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

The most important part of a successful tool is the number of the users. The people who will participate to their own online learning environment that the tool is providing to them, they will have the chance to participate to the exams too. The more users pass the exams the more the illiteracy rate in Greece, Cyprus and EU will be reduced. A success will be as well if the users of the tool will perform better and better to the evaluation tests. Another equal importance indicator will be the number of the organisations, which are supporting these people, are going to include the tool in their learning processes as well as consider it in their efforts to (re)integrate these people to the society. In general, education is the second most important thing after food and there are many people who do not have the necessary skill to study or follow a training and this is what we plan to provide them for free. Furthermore, illiteracy is a taboo subject in many countries, therefore, an online learning tool which can be used even in anonymity can be proved very important.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

The idea is to contribute to the education of the future. To do so I need the collaboration and support of various organisations who deal with socio-economically disadvantaged groups. At the same time I have to build relations with (public) institutes who deal with education, training and professional development since I plan to complement their tasks. One of the key activities I have to implement is a pilot study in order to receive the feedback of the beneficiaries and build the tool according to their real learning needs. My value proposition is the tool itself. We are in an environment where digital technologies are fully embedded in the way people live, learn and work. Learning increasingly takes place in an environment which is constantly evolving to respond to the personal needs of each learner. An online learning tool for illiterate adults is expected to offer multiple advantages in terms of increased access to learning material, reduced costs and flexible timelines to name just a few. The emergence of Open Educational Resources, the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and blended learning are the education trends and the proof on how fast the education related to new technologies is growing. The costs will mainly be the fees of the developers, a team of three people, a Greek language teacher, a web developer and the manager of the project. The revenue streams expected to come from the commission beneficiaries will pay to take the final exams and receive a certificate.

Your profile

I am a young graduate of three different universities. I studied Sociology in Athens, Educational Studies in Leuven and Management in Brussels. I have prior multicultural working experience at corporate and EU level. Recently, within a team of three women, we won the third prize to the Athens Start-up weekend in Education competition (The Hub Athens January, 2014) with the business idea Culture Loves Autism. This experience of mine gave me a can do attitude while I learnt to work effectively in a small team, under time constrains and in unexplored territory. I want to make a difference in my career, take initiatives, bring new things on the table and contribute with my work to something that will bring social impact. I like to solve problems creatively by using all my skills and at the same time improving them. I have developed a personal interest in major socio-economic issues. More precisely, the last year I am very focused on the idea to contribute to the reduction of adult illiteracy and support these people to get a second chance in life through their participation in learning activities. I believe that this competition will give me the chance to give to my idea publicity and recognition as I am a young Greek aiming to contribute to the solution of a major socio-economic problem with a low cost online learning tool which can be used anytime by everyone and it can be developed in every language. I will not manage all these If I do not have the right team on my side, my people are a creative Greek teacher and an innovative web developer.

Stage of Idea

planning stage, start-up stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

education, health, poverty reduction, elderly, empowerment of women

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July 4, 2014 12:36