OpenmindProjects working together with Cisco and Openmind Trainees to adapt to the ‘new normal’.
Covid has made digitalization a must. Openmind Projects (OMP) is accelerating its adoption of e learning for poor youth in SE Asia.
We work with Cisco Systems in a project to develop, test and implement digital solutions for young but poor youth. We aim to adapt our successful learning methods to edtech solutions and with virtual volunteers.
Fifteen Openmind trainee alumni from Thailand, Laos and Myanmar have joined this project, and work in teams with Cisco volunteers from Australia, South Korea, Taiwan and India. They are simultaneously training as camp leaders and digital ambassadors.
Cisco strives to prepare poor people to live and work in a digital world through IT education and learning projects and by developing scalable technology-based solutions. They want to enable nonprofits and social enterprises to create and sustain positive social change.
Edtech for the poor lags behind.
Universities and schools are increasing their use of digital education. Edtech for the poor however lags behind.
OpenmindProjects has always believed that IT could be the poor man’s best friend for learning! For many years, we have provided free training to young people from underprivileged backgrounds. International volunteers have been a welcome help. Some trainees have gone on to university, some are already teachers, working with multimedia. Fifteen of them are now stepping up and helping us and their village friends to adapt to after Covid!
Developing with OpenmindProjects talented trainee alumni and Cisco
We look forward to create an online environment for young but poor people with the help of Cisco, adapting our successful task-based learning pedagogy to digital education.
Technology can be the best friend to give the underprivileged better education.
Gaweechat Joompaula, one of the cofounders of OpenmindProjects and himself the son of a rice farmer family, considers education the most important factor to reduce poverty and inequalities and increase social mobility. OpenmindProjects believes technology can be a most potent tool to give the underprivileged better education opportunities.
Tech moving to the village
With Covid OMP is facing a major challenge to find new ways to help people
OpenmindProjects is a nonprofit Thai NGO. Overseas volunteers have always been welcome to help. With Covid, it is facing the challenge to find new ways to help people when volunteers cannot travel.
Covid has forced us to rethink how we work. Equal access to education for all is a winning concept for any country. The OpenmindProjects Cisco project wants to serve as a model for local NGOs and schools and digital technology is part of the answer for more equal education opportunities.
Our Ambitions for 2021 and on
Concepts for online learning at our Center, camps, at rural schools and orphan homes as well a teacher-training program.
In addition, working with our Cisco volunteers, our trainees will improve their English, analytical and presentation skills while learning about online learning and Edtech. They will learn to work as consultants do. At the same time, they prepare to be camp leaders, teacher assistants and digital ambassadors to help our camper students, other friends, schools and villages.
They work in 4 phases; Phase one describing the present situation. How they learned English at school and at OMP. This work will result in reports/presentations describing the major differences between learning at schools and at OMP.
In phase 2 and 3, they will research Edtech solutions, looking for suitable OMP opportunities at our Center, camps and at schools, orphan homes. In collaboration with Cisco volunteers, they will conclude what to recommend OMP.
Phase 4 will result in concrete recommendations for beta pilot projects to launch in 2021, for our Center, camps and selected schools,
Based on our experiences from these projects our ambition is to find funding for more trainees to the center, more camps and to be able to reach out to more schools.