Make high school accessible to anyone, anywhere by designing a one-room schoolhouse for the 21st century.
1Room is a pilot-stage initiative to design an ultra low-cost, competency-based high school program that can serve the world’s most marginalized learners. 1Room aims to deliver a complete curriculum with as little as a single classroom and as few as 15 learners, for less than 15% of per capita national income per student. We achieve this through personal learning technology and staffing systems that can work offline and off-grid.
1Room is sponsored by PfID and several other NGO partners in the field. It is a complex initiative with many distinct components that draw upon, and that will build, a range of skill sets: curriculum design, digital content production, operations management, process engineering, monitoring and evaluation design, training and capacity building, partnership development, policy research, marketing, and market research.
Vulnerable Child Sponsorship
We find children at serious risk of illness or abandonment, and ensure they are healthy, in school, and learning well.
SID alumni have designed a sponsorship program for orphans that has statistically eliminate the academic disadvantage of being orphaned for a meager $80CAD per child per year. Actually, the program has done much more. In a country where only 45% of public primary school students pass the grade 8 national exams, our orphans in Kenya, who are selected on the basis of need, not academic merit, have achieved a 100% pass rate since 2013.
There are over 50 orphaned and vulnerable children sponsored through the program, which provides a simple set of supports: a mid-day meal, a healthcare spending account, uniforms and supplies, and school-run remedial programs.
Most of the orphans do not yet have regular annual sponsors, and are still funded through general annual donations. Vigorous fundraising is an important part of this project. In the field, the project team’s work covers several areas: needs-based assessments for new program candidates, monitoring and evaluation, program renewal, guardian engagement, and the development of additional program components, such as peer tutoring, peer helping, and other activities to strengthen social capital, mental well-being and learning.
Train and empower local nursing students to deliver hygiene and sanitation programs to thousands of children prone to water-borne illness.
Launched in 2014, AguaSalud, our health promotion program in Peru, teaches personal hygiene and sanitation to primary and secondary students. Informed by community members and executed in collaboration with local volunteers, this program strives to decrease the prevalence of gastrointestinal disease among children by improving water-related health behaviour through student-led workshops. As a secondary message in communities that face regular municipal water shortages, AguaSalud also teaches children about the household economics of water storage and conservation.
This project requires intermediate (converational) Spanish and strong interpersonal and communication skills.