800 million people cannot read or write, mostly kids - leaving them condemned to live in extreme poverty. While a world-wide effort is underway to eradicate illiteracy, there are children who still fall through the cracks, children beyond the reach of schools and teachers.
Little on the ground knowledge exists for implementing low cost alternatives on a wide spread basis. Many challenges exist. Many options are available. Comparative testing is essential if we are to squeeze out every last dollar of waste.
The most effective way to reduce illiteracy is to reduce the cost - but not the quality - of education. No Forgotten Kids believes that combinations of low cost learning techniques and alternative technologies can drive down the cost dramatically and give a quality education to the worst off kids in the most forgotten places.
No Forgotten Kids is currently building and renovating two schools in Haiti with a third under way equipped with computer labs testing e-learning options.
Other progress includes:
- translating existing e-learning courses
- using existing French learning courses in upper grades
- exploring solar energy to power computers
- sending donated computers from Florida to Haiti
- sponsoring a contest to select Haiti’s Best Teachers