Published on June 15, 2016 um 12:57
Explain your idea in details:
They are bringing drugs. They are bringing crime. They are rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. This is what Donald Trump had to say about Mexican immigrants. During the Holocaust, Adolf Hitlers Nazi regime killed 6 million Jews. The hatred of these people have the same underlying basis. RACISM. Racism is hammered into us from the way we are reared. So our judgment is clouded by artificial filter. Since racism is ingrained in our formative years, it is important to focus on the children if we want to make a dent on racism. Presenting Glassroom. An online software that connects students in countries culturally different from each other. Schools incorporating a cross-cultural coursework where students (of junior sections) will use this software to have video chatting sessions with others like them from different parts of the world. The students will talk about their lives, cultures, societies etc. neutralizing any biases or prejudices they previously had. Students simply login to the dedicated video chatting software and connect to their predetermined partners for the course. For every group of students there will be a mother computer which the teacher will use to monitor the students to ensure effective communication. The students will need to be verbally fluent in English as all sessions will be conducted in English. Video tutorials and FAQs about the software will be available at all times on the website. The pairing up of schools will be done using a randomizing algorithm so that no bias is present.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
There will be no exams for this coursework. However, the students will be asked to write down their perception of the cultures they are about to interact with. They will be asked to write down how they feel about the culture, what they think about the people and this programs itself. They will be asked to do the same after the course so that the changes is perception can be identified. Let us imagine these students growing up to work in a diverse workplace. The amount of cultural solidarity they would be able to achieve is unprecedented. Eliminating this racial or ethnic barrier would make them highly productive teams. After the 9/11 incident, Islamophobia became a popular term around the globe and terrorist a brand for Muslims. When a student participating in this program will see the contrast between what the media tells him/her and what they are actually experience, the misconceptions would fade away. If we can transcend such man-made barriers, a more cohesive multicultural society may not be a thing of the distant future. Our children will not know what hate crime is. We as human beings will evolve psychologically. The solution to racism has always been about bringing people close to each other, about tolerance and changing the way we look at people and the world. That is why the motto of Glassroom will be Change the Perception. Change the World
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The Glassroom would be implemented in 2 phases. In phase 1 or the trial phase we will pick a few schools around the globe to participate in the program. We will work out the unforeseen problems in Phase 1 and then move onto Phase 2 where Glassroom would be open for all.
Pilot project will be launched in Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, USA, UK, Canada, India, Japan and Germany among other countries since they already incorporate computers as part of their education at school level. Initially a few schools will be approached with the help of NGOs such as Brac. The NGOs would explain to the schools about the benefits of Glassroom. Later the program would be open for all the schools to participate. Since English will be the mode of communication, the program will be first launched for schools having English medium curriculum. So the market base of Glassroom would be the 7017 schools currently spread worldwide, reaching approximately 3.5 million students. Schools will only have to pay a yearly subscription fee of 20USD per student for the whole program. So even a pessimistic reach of 2% will give an annual revenue of 1.4million USD and a breakeven period of approximately 2-3 years including the trial phase.
I am 20 years old. I am currently enrolled in the Bachelors in Business Administration(BBA) program of Institute Of Business Administration(IBA) under University of Dhaka. I am an optimistis but I only set expectations on myself. This helps me to set goals and stick to them. I know that a utopian world is just a fantasy but if we really try we can gain something close to it to. That is why I want this idea of mine to be implementated. So that we can take another step in the right direction of peace.
Stage of Idea
idea offered for implementation by others