Despite dramatic improvements over the last decade, progress towards achieving education for all has slowed down over the last couple of years. In total, 124 million children and adolescents have never started school or have dropped out. Many factors contribute to excluding children from proper education and limiting access to school including gender, child labor, income poverty, poor health and nutrition, disability, ethnicity, migration, geographical disadvantages, cultural factors, and situations of fragility and conflict.
EdTech makes learning more accessible than it has been before, but still 57 million children around the world do not have access to basic education. LiteracyApp.org – driven by Jo Grimstad – wants to change this by creating an Android application that through crowdsourcing will enable children to teach themselves basic reading skills autonomously. The project participates in both EduApp4Syria organized by Norad, and Global Learning Learning XPrize. The first languages the app will support will thus be Arabic, Swahili and English.
They are currently in need contributors (or core team members) within the following areas:
- Android development
- Web development (Java)
- Content creation: storytelling, artwork creation, graphic design, audio recording
- Marketing: community management, content marketing, growth hacking
- Testing/QA: user testing, scaling/optimizing, IT infrastructure
If you are interested in joining, they can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org