Academic Support

Executive Summery

All around the world, outdated methods of education are being supplemented or even replaced by curricula that are based on digital-age skills.  Given their already disadvantaged position, how much more do students in the developing world, where traditional education is stuck in the 1950s, need access to e-learning? We supplement schools and educational centers with various types of Learning Management System (LMS) installations and a digital format of their curriculum. Our program brings integrity in learning, raises secondary students’ standard of education, and increases youth employability. We currently serve 400 youth per year in the city of Dalaba.

The lack of adequate learning management and up-to-date educational resources is a distressing problem in Guinean schools and a significant cause of the poor standard of education and academic performance in the country.  Most schools and educational centers rely on traditional resources and methods for managing students, classes, and tests. However, those resources do not promote learning mastery in this digital age. Moreover, they facilitate cheating and corruption in learning evaluations, thus disincentivizing students to study.  Guinean students lack access to educational resources that European and American counterparts enjoy. The current system focuses on rote memorization rather than deep learning. This system does not allow students to achieve mastery of their classic subject matter, much less the ability to be self-learners and to apply what they learn to create or to secure employment within Guinea. This failure of the educational system in Guinea is reflected in various aspects of the community, including the 60% rate of university graduate unemployment and the high desire of even educated young people to escape the country to go to Europe or the USA.

We build interactive and user-friendly computer-based courses and deliver them through a unique Learning Management System (LMS) installation. Our local LMS installation allows students without the internet to download resources on their devices for work and study at home offline, then sync their progress with the LMS when they go back to the server. Our LMS installation also enables instructors to track and measure student progress in corruption-proof ways. Our courses better prepare students for both national tests and future employability. They encompass simulations, interactions, multiple testing methods, videos, images, narrations, as well as Project-Based Learnings. These courses have proven their ability to assure mastery by the fact that this year 95% of students who took them in Dalaba, Guinea passed the Bac compared to 35% of those who did not take them. The computer-based courses, as well as the LMS’s ability to drastically improve educational delivery, make our project unique and innovative.

Our Program will raise the standard of education, academic performance, and employability of our beneficiaries as well as improve educational management at schools and at partner educational centers. Impacted students will: 1) master their school curriculum; 2) learn to use educational technologies and apply coursework to innovate and become life-long self-learners; and 3) gain the character, worldview and skills to become leaders and social entrepreneurs who create employment for themselves and others. Our LMS will also help schools and educational centers take maximum advantage of 21st-century educational technologies, thereby maximizing mastery and offering quality and practical education, with efficiently and accurately measured understanding.

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