RADEC

THE PROBLEM

Increasing numbers of young people in rural districts of South Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are enrolled in secondary education. However, in some schools, the quality of teaching in critical subjects such as English, mathematics and science is low. Also, teaching posts for these subjects are often vacant or filled by teachers without relevant expertise. Consequently, learning outcomes in secondary grades are low.

THE INNOVATION

RADEC identifies community-based education entrepreneurs and provides them with resources to set up mobile, digital ‘classrooms’ where young people meet to study after school. Resources include a Raspberry Pi-embedded computer with accessories, a multimedia pico-projector, battery-powered speakers for sound, keyboard / mouse, tripod stand and a few Bluetooth-powered clicker dongles for student response. Digital educational content for several grades and subjects is stored on the computer.

The ‘edupreneurs’ charge a fee for after-school tuition in the afternoon and provide free literacy and numeracy education in the morning for children not enrolled in school.

ILM IDEAS 2’S INVESTMENT

With Ilm Ideas 2’s investment of £63,000, RADEC aims to reach at least 20,000 students over the next 18 months.

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WHY ILM 2 INVESTED

  • A business model with potential to be successful
  • The cost of the intervention is relatively low
  • The solution does not require internet access
  • RADEC is not making new digital content – they are making existing content available to more children

For further information, contact Abu Bakr Nisar Alvi alvi@radectechnologies.com

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