Promoting Experiential Learning in Guinea- Giving 4,000 students access to a digital and laboratory-like format of their curriculum (throughout FY2021-22 & FY2022-23)
I hope you and your families are doing well!
As you are aware, my staff and I launched our Academic Support program in 2016 to give high and middle schoolers a digital and laboratory-like format of their curriculum along with some leadership development training. Because of your precious support, we have completed the key math and science courses at the high school level and started making them available to students in Dalaba and Conakry. Thank you for helping us to achieve this goal!
Here are abstracts of the courses currently available on our learning website. From the platform, our beneficiaries can download course content on their phones, study offline, and then sync their progress with our server when they connect to it. Our promotion video is here too. Feel free to share it. Let me add that 98% of the students who took these courses live at Jeune Espoir in Dalaba passed the Bac and think more critically than their peers on average.
Unlike the traditional classes, our courses give students who enroll them laboratory-like experiences. They encompass videos, images, narrations, interactions, simulations, project-based learnings (PBLs), and multiple types of testing methods. The interaction below (on the right), for example, is a summary of a lesson on the spinal cord from our Biology course. It uses several animations and interactions that allow students to understand the subject matter substantially. Its main goal is to enable learners to guess the name of each part of the spinal cord and click on it to verify.
The interaction below (on the left) allows students to power a parallel electrical circuit, get a sense of the flow of electrons, check voltages, disconnect one of the circuit's batteries, and even open one of the circuit branches to see the behavior of the tension.
Nearly all the students to whom we have presented our products in Guinea would like to subscribe and are on average able to pay $2.50, $5, and $10 for a license (Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) in rural, semi-urban, and urban areas, respectively. However, the access (installation, troubleshooting, monitoring, and assistance) costs to Jeune Espoir add up to $20 for a student per year. Therefore, $17.50, $15, and $10 are needed to install our program for a student in rural, semi-urban, and urban areas, respectively. To give 4,000 pupils access to a digital and laboratory-like format of their curriculum throughout FY2021-22 and FY2022-23, we are planning to raise 32,750 from foundations and 7,250 from individual donors like you. You are invited to subsidize the access fee for as many students as you can in Guinea.
You can give in three ways:
1) through here (our giving portal )
2) by sending a check payable to Jeune Espoir to Joyce Campbell, president of Jeune Espoir’s board, at the following address: 7 Plateau Pl, Unit D, Greenbelt MD 20770. She will deposit it into Jeune Espoir’s bank account in Greenbelt and send the money to us.
3) If you itemize deductions and need a receipt for that purpose, make your check out to the Washington, D.C. Christian Reformed Church, with Jeune Espoir in the memo line. The church will send the money to Jeune Espoir and issue you the proper receipt. The church’s address is: 5911 New Hampshire Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20011.
Your support is critical to upgrading the education of students in Guinea to prepare them for the globalized IT world.
All the best,
Sekou Mansare, Executive Director, Jeune Espoir
Our targeted problem
In addition to the impact of a pandemic, epidemics, poor parenting, early marriages, unplanned pregnancies, teachers’ strikes and absenteeism, and violent political protests, Guinea’s current education system is not adequate; it focuses on rote memorization rather than deep learning (USAID/Guinea youth situational analysis, 2020). The system does not allow students to achieve mastery of their classic subject matter, much less the ability to be self-learners and apply what they learn to create or secure employment in the country’s arid job market. Thus the lack of 21st century educational opportunities is a major reason for the massive unemployment of youth in the country.
To solve this problem, we are making engaging digital courses based on the Guinean high and middle schools’ curriculum. Unlike the traditional classes, our courses give students who enroll them laboratory-like experiences. They encompass videos, images, narrations, interactions, simulations, project-based learnings (PBLs), and multiple types of testing methods.
The interaction on the right on the above image, for example, is a summary of a lesson on the spinal cord from our Biology course. It follows several animations that allow students to understand the subject matter substantially. Its main goal is to enable learners to guess the name of each part of the spinal cord and click on it to verify.
The interaction on the left on the above image allows students to power a parallel electrical circuit, get a sense of the flow of electrons, check voltages, disconnect one of the batteries, and even open one of the branches to see the behavior of the voltage in the circuit.
We have developed the digital format of some of the essential courses at the high school level. The blue, red, and yellow progress bars on the graph below represent the number of the digital lessons or labs we have completed during our 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 fiscal years, respectively. The green progress bars represent the number of digital lessons or labs we expect to develop throughout our 2021-22 fiscal year.
We need $34,849 for: completing these courses, rent, electricity, telephone and internet, travel, and supplies and maintenance at Centre Espoir. Two grant donors and individual donors are contributing $16,000 toward this amount. We are seeking your help to raise the rest of the amount ($18,849). In advance, we thank you for your support.