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.