Help make a difference by volunteering with Learn Appeal

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Lesley Price, senior consultant for Learn Appeal, tells us about the charity bringing relevant and interactive content to the most remote parts of developing countries.

Most of us, particularly those living in developed economies, now take the internet for granted. In the last 15 years, we have seen the number of internet-connected users increase from 5.8% to 42.4% of the world population[1] and as a result, we are also seeing rapid growth in cloud-based elearning content.

Those that can connect to the internet can access a wealth of learning opportunities at the touch of a button or screen. This has huge benefits for those who can access these resources, but what about communities in remote locations where there is no mains electricity, never mind internet access? Is the growth of the internet, which is enabling learning for those that are connected, actually widening the educational divide with those that are not?

Learn Appeal Children in SA

Learn Appeal is a charity working to advance education for public benefit. They are investigating how they can provide e-learning content to remote communities where they don’t have internet access or mains electricity. They are also looking to see how they can help charities to provide targeted learning resources in their centres, so clients can access elearning resources using their own devices.

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The first projects using the Learn Appeal Capsule will be supporting Barnardo’s in the UK as well as four amazing projects in sub-Saharan Africa: Complitkenya in Kenya, the Children’s Entrepreneurial Training Village (CETV) in Malawi, M-Ubuntu in South Africa and the Tanzania Development Trust.

2016 has been a huge year for Learn Appeal. We have developed a fully functional technical solution called the Learn Appeal Capsule, identified and initiated a number of trial projects and increased their engagement with the elearning community, both in the UK and overseas.

In Malawi, Learn Appeal are working with the Children’s Entrepreneurial Training Village, helping young people learn vocational and entrepreneurial skills so that they can grow their own local economy. Again, this young community faces huge challenges. There is no mains electricity, internet access is a distant dream and to the right, you can see their computer lab.

Relevant, engaging content is needed

Learn Appeal can provide them with a Capsule and some equipment, but the kit is not the issue. What is most important, is having access to content that will help them develop skills to gain employment and build their local economy. Learn Appeal have the funding to provide them with two Learn Appeal Capsules and mobile devices. What they don’t have is contextually relevant, interactive content.

Learn Appeal cannot provide the internet, but they can help children, young people and their parents with an off-grid solution that can provide e-learning when and where they need it the most.

Towards Maturity’s research data, collected over more than twelve years from across the globe, clearly shows that there are two key elements to engaging learners and helping them achieve success:

  1. The content needs to be contextually relevant
  2. The user experience has to be a top priority

20161121_100453Since the charity begun they have been donated relevant content from a range of organisations such as Practical Action, Thare Machi, ALISON.com and the Open University. However, the content is either in PDF format or is only interactive online, they need help to rework it. What’s top of their wish list this Christmas is:

  • Time and talent volunteered by industry experts
  • Relevant content
  • Funds to grow the charity

In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy had dreams…she dreamt that life would be perfect if only she could go into the clouds and over the rainbow.  In the end, she realised that there was ‘no place like home’ – she didn’t need the cloud to find happiness.

The Learn Appeal Capsule doesn’t need the cloud either. There is so much talent in our industry, so this Christmas, help us work under the rainbow and provide interactive and engaging e-learning to those that need it the most.

Get involved

It’s by working together we really can have an impact on the life chances and opportunities of those less fortunate than ourselves.

Visit Learn Appeal’s website today to volunteer your expertise, resources or funding.

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1. (Source: Internet World Statistics)

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