According to this UNESCO video, approximately 1 in 10 children worldwide are denied schooling. Since 2008, global efforts have made little progress in efforts to spread education. Today, approximately 57 million children remain out of school. Many of these children are impoverished, physically disabled or are girls who have been forced to have children at an early age. We believe our Agoras will serve as easily accessible community centers, providing free internet, power and e-tablets to facilitate self-directed education.

 


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Studies have revealed the powerful impact education has on underserved communities. Based on research of both non-market and external benefits of education, one such study found a number of serious life improvements correlated with education. Some of the findings may seem predictable, but they are all profound in their implications.

The findings are listed in the table to the right, which was published in a research report issued by the World Bank. Some benefits of education include increased efficacy in use of contraception, increased life expectancy, and improved social cohesion.


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In addition to the lack of schooling available for many children, many educational programs face the challenge of corruption within the system. In certain areas, teachers rarely show up for work. The figure to the left, provided by UNESCO, gives some indication of the pervasiveness of corruption in education.

With our Agoras, students will be able to engage in self-directed education using embedded tablets, WIFI capability and the ability to charge personal electronics using excess power created by the solar canopy.

Agora users will be responsible for learning what matters to them, and they can do so in the most effective way possible, based on individual availability.


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The figure to the right contains some amazing facts about the potential for education to improve lives. The numbers were compiled from data made available by UNESCO, the World Bank and The Lancet. The effect on economic opportunity is profound:

  • 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low-income countries acquired basic reading skills.
  • Improving from an average to an excellent performer on national learning outcomes is linked to a rise in annual economic growth of 2%.

We believe self-directed education provided by our Agoras will contribute substantially to the growing number of empowered lives and communities worldwide.