The education programme ‘Inspire A Child’ is gathering momentum and changing the lives of young people around the world.
The programme, which began in Lagos, Nigeria, is a social impact initiative which connects educators, entrepreneurs, politicians and inspiring people from around the world with children in classrooms through various technology portals including Microsoft’s ‘Skype in the Classroom’. The purpose of the programme is to broaden the scope of classroom education, encompassing the UN ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ and provide motivational opportunities.
The ‘Inspire A Child’ programme is setting new standards in education provision world-wide and is capturing international attention through similar projects and programmes emulating their success. To support the exponential growth of the programme, to have a wider reaching and deeper positive impact, the team behind ‘Inspire A Child’ are now asking the international community for help.
In particular, the programme needs assistance from individuals, schools, businesses and organisations.
Volunteer time is desperately needed to assist the growth of the project. Volunteers may want to be involved with facilitating sessions or becoming a ‘guest speaker’ in participating schools, either in person or ‘virtually’ using the ‘Skype Classroom’ platform.
Volunteers may also be able to support the project if they have a particular and relevant skill set that they could share such as ‘digital literacy’, ‘programming and coding’, or ‘entrepreneurship’.
‘Mentors’ are invited to work with students, individually or in small groups, to provide additional support.
Promotion of the IAC programme is an important aspect of its growth, in terms of increasing the reach of the programme and securing support from volunteers, sponsors and companies getting involved with the programme though CSR activities (funding and volunteer hours). The simplest way to begin supporting IAC through social media is through their Twitter account, @ChildInspire
Schools, colleges and universities are invited to partner the programme, increasing the impact of it’s work through a global audience.
Many organisations now have very clear ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ objectives connected with the UN Global Compact or Sustainable Development Goals. Getting involved with Inspire A Child gives the organisations a structured and safe way to have an immediate positive impact on several of the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’
To find out more about the Inspire A Child programme and explore ways that you or your organisation can have a positive impact on children in education visit the FlipLearn Kids website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Providing quality education is just one of the 17 ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ which have been developed as a means of progressing the health, wealth and happiness of the human species whilst ensuring that we live in harmony with the wonderful planet that we live on.
You can find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals on the UN website here
‘Sustainability’ isn’t a short-term goal, it’s a word which should be at the centre of absolutely everything that we do – forever.
To make it happen, to make sure that the torch that we’re lighting now continues to burn through generation after generation it’s important that we educate young children, the adults of the future, right now.
TTW founder Justin Miles has recently supported the launch of a new book which aims to do exactly this; to educate, motive, inspire and empower young children, from the three years of age, to make sustainable choices. Catching children now could make a huge difference to how the human species lives in harmony with the planet.
The book is being launched through a Kickstarter campaign. Please go to the website for more information https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/patrickgeorge/planet-rescue-book/description
Even by just donating an hour of your time, you could help to change the lives of thousands of young people participating in the Nigerian based ‘Inspire A Child’ programme
‘Teach The World’ founder Justin Miles partnered the ‘Inspire A Child’ programme when it first launched. The programme has grown larger, stronger and is demonstrating success through the positive impact that it’s having on the developing lives of young people, particularly with regards to connecting them with the Sustainable Development Goals.
There 2019 programme, starting now, is in search of more partners to inspire and develop opportunities for young people. Please read the information below, and if you think that you may be able to help in any way, their contact details are at the bottom of the post.
Inspire a Child 2019: Live the Big Dream
Inspire a Child is a social impact initiative for young girls in low income/public secondary schools in Nigeria established by FliplearnKids, Nigeria.
Every second children are born into the world, some will never succeed or see their dreams and aspirations become a reality, but the saddest are those who do not have dreams or can’t afford to because of the various challenges they face in life. In most cases young girls from low income family are highly at risk as they are married off early, engaged in hawking or become victims of sexual violence.
Inspire A Child brings together individuals/entrepreneurs/educators/professionals/CNN Heroes from around the globe who have shown resilience in pursuing their dreams, to communicate with young girls in low income /public secondary schools right there in the classroom, and possibly, for those few minutes create a spark that would ignite a vision of future possibilities.
Since its inception to date, IAC has engaged over 1,000 school girls in Kano, Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode, Lagos and Osun in Nigeria. We have grown from one-chapter presence in Lagos to 4 chapters (Lagos, Abeokuta, Ogbomosho and Ijebu-Ode with plans for further expansion.
Objectives & Goals of IAC:
- Promote quality education for students from low income parents.
- Promote Sustainable Development Goal 4, 5 and 8
- Nurture entrepreneurship skills of economic disadvantaged children.
- Equip young girls with digital skills and create access to innovation & creativity opportunities for them.
- Equip young learners with 21st century skills.
- Promote Global Collaboration.
Inspire A Child Pathway:
During this stage, different guest speakers: comprising of individuals/entrepreneurs /educators/ professionals from different continents and countries mentor them on how to keep their dreams alive.
- Phase II-Digital Skills Acquisition Programme
This involves training the students and equipping them with digital skills. At the end they pitch their innovative ideas for onward support.
- Phase III- Opportunity Fair
This phase involves helping them with intern placements from partnering companies,
and access to scholarship opportunities.
http://youtu.be/1yadTbVPfSI (our progress)
Inspire a Child 2019 Theme: Live the Big Dream
Join us as we promote SDG pillars: Quality Education, Gender Equality and Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Get Involved and make a difference! IAC19’ please contact us at email@example.com, sign-up https://goo.gl/H87dw2
Education is important, but why is it important? What does ‘education’ mean to young people?
Since becoming immersed in fighting for universal education provision – giving every child, everywhere, the opportunity to go to school – TTW founder Justin Miles has been fascinated with all aspects of education, one of those being the level of importance that education has in society in different areas of the globe.
Education and access to education is undeniably important, essential for success, but through his work with schools and communities globally Justin became aware that there is an apparent disparity in the perceived value and purpose of education.
If you pose a question about the importance and value of education to an adult or adolescent you are likely to receive a ‘stock answer’ tainted by rotely learned facts or an ‘expected’ answer which conforms to accepted beliefs and theories.
But, when you ask a young child why education is important the answers are likely to be entirely raw, unbiased, untainted my rote repetition and extremely simple.
Partnering Microsoft Education, Justin connects with up to 4,500 children a month through their ‘Skype in the Classroom’ programme which provided him with a perfect and quite unique platform for talking with children around the world in a cross section of countries, communities, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds (which still obviously discounted those populations without access to the required technology) and asking why they thought education is important.
The results were unexpected and quite astonishing.
For a three month period, during his ‘Skype in the Classroom’ visits with schools around the world, Justin dedicated the last section of his sessions to talking about education and asking why those children thought that education was important. The children in the study group were all under eleven years of age.
He asked each class or group to write him an email beginning with the words ‘Education is important because…’. There were no further instructions to the children. Teachers were asked not to direct or guide or otherwise influence the answers in any way or alter the language that the children used, just to record the information and forward it in an email.
Emails started to flood in. Even though many answers were the same, or at least very similar, patterns started to emerge and one pattern that became apparent was that the answers largely fitted in to one of two ‘camps’; those with an internally focussed benefit and those with an externally focussed benefit.
Many children replied with answers which had an internal focus, concentrating on benefits which supported their materialistic aspirations as individuals; ‘to have more money’, ‘to get a fast car’, ‘to buy a big house’, ‘to go on nice holidays’, ‘to but once clothes’ and even ‘to get plastic surgery‘ (absolutely truthful – from a ten year old child!).
Other children replied with answers which had an external focus; ‘so I can look after poor people’, ‘so I can become a doctor and heal the sick’, ‘so I can make my city look pretty’, ‘so I can help animals’, ‘I can make the world better’, ‘so I can make plastic disappear’.
With the exception of the odd exception each class or group fell in to one camp or the other, those with an internal focus on benefit and those with an external focus on benefit and then a further pattern began to reveal itself – location.
Most of the children who demonstrated an internal focus of interest in their answers to ‘Education is important because…’ lived in countries, regions or areas which could be considered as ‘developed’. Most of the children who demonstrated an external focus of interest in their answers to ‘Education is important because…’ lived in areas which could be considered as ‘developing’.
Although the project wasn’t set up to provide any specific measurable data, the results and differences were glaringly obvious which lead Justin, and others involved in the project, to question why children in ‘developed’ areas were more materialistic compared to children in less developed or developing areas who appeared to be more altruistic.
One school in a developing area of Mexico actually made a video of their answers.
‘Fliplearn Kids’ aims to redefine learning experiences for children through creative use of technology platforms and innovative content delivery to promote internalised learning and remove rote memorisation.
When Ella from Fliplearn Kids contacted Justin Miles asking him to take part in their first international day of connectivity using Microsoft Educations ‘Skype in the Classroom’ platform, Justin didn’t hesitate to get on board as a partner.
In Justin’s first engagement with the ‘Fliplearn Kids’ programme he delivered a series of ‘Skype in the Classroom’ (SITC) sessions throughout a school week, engaging with several classes and since then he’s delivered many more sessions with the Nigerian based organisation, speaking with students and educators about a range of subjects.
One of the key elements of the ‘Fliplearn Kids’ model that Justin has an affinity with is that FlipLearn Kids aims to remove, or at least reduce the requirement for ‘rote memorisation’ in education, which aligns with his convictions that the retention of information is no longer as valid in education as it once was. What is important for success is how information is used: how to develop future generations of innovators rather than ‘box ticking robots’.
FlipLearn Kids is an exceptional, groundbreaking and thought-leading programme. To find out more about how FlipLearn Kids is changing the face of education please visit the website here.
Education is, in itself, a defence against radicalisation.
At it’s most elementary level, educating ‘at risk’ populations, the young in particular, affords an immediate and effective intervention against radicalisation, no matter which cause that ‘radicalisation’ happens to represent.
Beyond that elementary level of immediate intervention, education has long-term benefits against radicalisation, not only by dispelling the ‘myths’ and misinformation often communicated by extremists but by providing a tangible and sustainable future for young people.
Introducing or improving education programmes where no system currently exists provides an abundance of benefits, from giving populations the opportunity to remove themselves from poverty by boosting economic growth, to improved health, to improving gender equality, to encouraging tolerances, removing division and fostering peace.
In 2014, TTW founder Justin Miles was fortunate to meet Sakena Yacoobi, a remarkable woman who worked tirelessly and relentlessly, often ignoring her own safety, to change the face education for boys and for girls in Afghanistan.
In this inspiring and moving TED Talk, Dr. Yacoobi tells her enthralling story of how she ‘stopped the Taliban from shutting down her school’ and made education happen.