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Audio-visual teaching technology is well-documented in the developed world to have significant impact on learner comprehension and retention of material. In the developing world, a number of organizations are working to translate this power by using various A/V solutions in places with extreme poverty and difficult environmental conditions.
This is a database of organizations successfully using instructional technology equipment and methods to help alleviate poverty.
Evidence of Success
Civic engagement to preserve indigenous lands and provide native people a seat at the table negotiating policy regarding their lands. OMPT partnered with CEASPA (Center for Panamanian Social Studies and Action), an NGO based in Panama that educates indigenous peoples and promotes equity, economic growth, democratic participation, and sustainable environmental development. The Ngabe Indians are now filming short videos to show the negative effects outside interventions, such as tourism development and copper mining, are having on their land. The Ngabe Indians are planning to raise awareness of these issues by showing their videos via pico projectors which OMPT provided.
Video Volunteers has created the largest network of community producers in the world. Channel 19 is an online video channel where media is created by local producers and screened to thousands of individuals in India. The videos provided on this channel are insightful and inspiring to individuals living in underprivileged areas.
The Impact Network is dedicated to improving the education in Sub-Suharan Africa. They promote an e-learning model that delivers high-quality interactive education. This model helps empower, educate, and train teachers by providing them with a laptop, a projector, a years worth of curricula, and a handful of interactive tablets
Tanzania & The Philippines
The Bridge it model leverages the power of cell-phone technology, to help improve the quality of teacher instruction. This project is also targeted to increase primary school student achievement in math, science, and life skills. The Bridge it model was adapted in Tanzania in 2007 after a successful launch of the model in the Philippines under the name of text2teach. This project is led by the alliance between IYF and the Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT).
Bilingual Radio for Colombia is a pilot project providing basic English skills to rural Colombian children. Through the program, EDC is helping Universidad del Norte (UniNorte) to develop and produce Interactive Radio Instruction programs for English as a Second Language and to train primary school teachers to use the programs.
EDC is helping Paraguay’s Ministry of Education and Culture to promote interest in math among young children and support their instructors to teach early numeracy more effectively. The Paraguay Early Childhood IRI Math Program nurtures positive attitudes toward mathematics and develops a solid foundation in basic math among children four to six years old.
The Mali USAID/ PHARE program supports the Malian Ministry of Education's efforts to improve the quality of elementary education, with an emphasis on literacy. This five-year program works nationally, reaching over 40,000 classrooms and 500,000 students.
The Freeplay Foundation provides wind-up, solar-powered Lifeline radios to people in the poorest, most isolated regions of the world. The radios will provide thousands of displaced tsunami survivors living in temporary camps with vital news and information that will help them access aid services, reconnect with their loved ones, and recover from the trauma as they re-build their lives and communities.
USAID in partnership with the government of Nigeria has launched the Community Participation for Action in the Social Sectors project, known as COMPASS. COMPASS seeks to increase the number of pupils who complete primary school, with an emphasis on the success of girls. The five-year project combines the expertise of nine major American and Nigerian organisations to engage local communities in building high quality, integrated education and health services.
In Northern Uganda radio is supporting the moves towards peace and reconciliation. Local radio stations carry programming that encourages LRA members, sympathizers and abducted children to engage in dialogue and the peace process.
Mr. Kalanda reiterated that there is a visible change in children learning with the radio as an effective complement to the traditional lecturing and rote learning techniques used by teachers in classrooms of over 150 students. Our radios, with their solar and hand-crank charging options, enable daily access to Tikwere's interactive lessons and assist children hone their listening, speaking and writing skills. More than 13,000 Lifeline radios have been distributed to date, reaching an astonishing two million learners.
Across Zambia, tens of thousands of children have lost one or both of their parents to HIV/AIDS or other illnesses. CARE’s SCOPE-OVC program (Strengthening Community Partnerships for the Empowerment of Orphans and Vulnerable Children) works through community schools to help orphans and vulnerable children deal with the loss and grief they are experiencing.
Education Development Center and the Ministry of Health have collaborated to form QUESTT (Quality Education Services Through Technology) to produce and broadcast a radio series, titled Our Family. The project recognises that the key to overcoming both HIV/AIDS and its consequences rests within communities. It urges whole communities to tackle the issue, working with learners, teachers and parents, and encourages parents to speak to their children about illness, death and other taboo subjects.
MaAfrika Tikkun, a South African NGO working primarily with orphans and other vulnerable children and home-based caregivers, partnered with the Lifeline Energy to provide 300 Lifeline radios to orphans and vulnerable children in the Gauteng and Western Cape provinces of South Africa. These children live in peri-urban shack settlements and are faced with daily hardships including poverty, disease, substance abuse, domestic violence and poor infrastructure.
Lifeline Energy joined THBC and Sibusiso Vilane, our South African Ambassador, to provide 300 Lifeline radios to vulnerable children. The recipients were children, aged 12 to 18 years, many in child-headed households or a household with an elderly or sick relative.
Less than 5% of Rwanda’s 8.6 million people have access to electricity. The capital, Kigali (the fastest growing city in Africa) is home to roughly 5% of the total population, yet consumes 80% of the country’s energy. It also suffers power outages that can last for days. An estimated 93% of Rwandans live in rural areas without access to any form of modern energy.
The ravages of genocide and AIDS have claimed the lives of at least one parent of almost a third of Rwanda’s children. Thousands of boys and girls throughout the country have been forced to take on adult responsibilities. Lifeline Energy donated 1,500 Lifeline radios to child-headed households in Rwanda. These radios increased the children’s sense of self esteem as their radio gives them a new status in their villages.
As Burundian women receive only 1.9 per cent of loans made by commercial banks, the Ishaka project helps girls who live in households and are heads of households to access safe savings and financial resources.
The Ministry of Education's goal is to ensure that all individuals have access to primary school education regardless of age, special needs, and gender. They have constructed a parallel system of formal and alternative education systems to achieve its goals and address widespread illiteracy.
Zambia, Somalia, and Sudan
Using Zambia, Somalia, and Sudan as case studies, presenters discussed the benefits of Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) to improve student learning and teacher competence both in general and particularly as a means of reaching hard-to-reach children. IRI is no longer an experimental technology; in numerous settings it has proven to be quite a successful aid to student learning, especially in language arts, mathematics, and social studies for the lower grades.
Video Volunteers' mission is to empower the world's poorest citizens with the media information they need. Their goal is to provide disadvantaged communities with the journalistic, critical thinking and creative skills that are necessary for their future improvements. As a result, the poor will be able to share their perspectives and take action on the issues that matter to them.
The WorldAgInfo Design Team was given the opportunity to explore the landscape of agricultural education and information systems in South Asia and Africa. The goal of the project is to recommend potential areas of investment that will improve the effectiveness of agricultural education and ultimately the practice of small-scale agriculture at the local level.
Literacy Bridge shares locally-relevant knowledge through the Talking Book with people who lack literacy skills and access to electricity. Their focus is empowering people to improve their literacy skills as well as the health and income of their families.
Drishtee Times focuses on teaching English to students in rural India. They accomplish this by connecting the children to a teacher in Delhi through the use of a mobile phone and speakers.
Building Education Support Systems for Teachers (BESST) works with their community, government and institutional partners to identify, design and implement projects that promote quality education and a vibrant civil society.
May 2008 - 2017
English in Action aims to provide English as a new technical skill to 25 million primary, secondary school children and adult learners.The effort will bring innovative ways of learning the language using modern technology. The understanding and use of the English language will help the people in Bangladesh contribute to the economic development of their country.
2002 - present
Equal Access Afghanistan uses a range of tools to achieve social change, such as community mobilization training, radio dramas, mobile live theatre, round table discussions, media training, TV documentaries, TV dramas and remote learning through radio. Equal Access provides real life examples and role modeling that enables people to improve their lives and communities.
Digital Green is dedicated to improving the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of small farmer livelihoods. They raise the livelihoods of smallholder farmers across the developing world through the targeted production and dissemination of agricultural information via participatory video. This work begins by disseminating targeted agricultural information to small and marginal farmers using a cost-realistic media exchange that is supported by existing, people-based extension systems and local facilitators.
2005 to present
Digital StudyHall records live classes by the best grassroots teachers, transmits them, collects them in a large database, and distributes them on DVDs to poor rural and slum schools. Education experts and teachers use the system to explore pedagogical approaches involving local teachers actively "mediating" the video lessons.
2006 to present
The Radio Instruction to Strengthen Education (RISE) project teaches Tanzanian children literacy, numeracy, HIV/AIDS prevention, and life skills related to health, hygiene, and nutrition via interactive radio instruction (IRI).
The Southern Sudan Interactive Radio Instruction Project (SSIRI) provides radio broadcasts, solar-powered and wind-up radios, teachers' guides, and initial training for teachers. In addition, the project has outreach coordinators who train teachers on how best to use and care for the radios and how to integrate the programs into the school day.