We don’t – we’re a non-profit organization. We sell the devices at cost to our partner NGOs and have built our solution to be as affordable as possible.
There are one billion youth around the world that lack access to a quality education. Our founder previously led another "leapfrog" to bring mobile phones into emerging markets, allowing these communities to skip landlines altogether in favour of a superior and more recent technology. We are confident that another leapfrog is possible again, this time in digital education, a vision laid out in detail in our blogpost, From Books to Bytes: A Learning Revolution for the Poor.
We work in communities with basic access to power. Mobile phone usage is a good indicator (mobile phone usage has skyrocketed in developing countries). Where there is no access to power we use solar panels or solar chargers.
Fortunately, our devices use very little power, meaning they only cost about $1 a year to charge.
Yes. We evaluate the content we use before we deliver it. Skilled volunteers help us find content, and we work with our local partners to select, organize and deliver the best options for each specific community.
Free and great content is becoming widespread. Statistical tests show that many of these free resources drive educational outcomes even in the most affluent communities in rich nations.
Imagine what would happen if we could give children in communities who do not have equal access to education – and who are just as inherently capable – this same great content.
We've developed our own custom software for the tablets that lets us to do many cool things.
For example, we limit student access to only pre-approved content so that when someone is using the device, we know that they are learning. The software also organizes content into lesson paths that are easy for students to work through independently. And we can control which games go on the device – limiting them to ones with educational value, and setting them up to be unlocked for short periods to reward kids for completing assigned tasks.
Our software is also designed for synchronization and analytics: when devices connect to the Internet (say, once a month) our system updates the content on the tablets and collects anonymous analytics data on how devices have been used, so we can monitor progress and keep improving our projects.
No! Our second project was in a remote First Nations community in Canada, a country whose strong overall student test scores mask deep inequalities between regions. Since then we have launched projects in Toronto with recent immigrants ranging from age 20 to 80 and secondary school youth. We're also planning more projects in Canadian Indigenous communities for Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017.
Rumie's movement is about delivering free education to the people who need it and have the most to gain from it, no matter where they are.
Besides giving people access to a broad variety of learning resources that they did not have access to before, our projects have led to improved numeracy and literacy outcomes, increased rates of attendance and school enrolment, and improved efficiency and effectiveness of teachers.
We measure impact by combining traditional monitoring and evaluation methods with our data analytics platform built into the tablets. Tablets automatically track student progress and monitor activity, even in offline environments.
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