Tablet-Based Distance Education Program

Short description

Help children continue their education amid school closures by providing supervised access to educational tablets.

Description

While COVID-19 has significantly impacted many countries, Cameroon faces the pandemic in the midst of a significant political crisis that had already caused prolonged school closures. The Society for the Promotion of Initiatives in Sustainable Development and Welfare (SOPISDEW), a non-profit organization based in Oku, Cameroon, is working to help children continue their education amid these two debilitating crises. SOPISDEW has developed a Tablet-Based Distance Education program to empower children in Oku and other areas of Cameroon to continue their education. The Tablet-Based Distance Education program provides children between three and nine years of age with supervised, mentored access to educational applications on tablets that help these children develop important knowledge and skills. SOPISDEW critically evaluates these applications and uses those that best help children to remember, understand, and apply concepts, as well as develop strong analytical, evaluative, and creative abilities. SOPISDEW’s Distance Education initiative not only benefits children in these areas, but also helps children learn useful technological skills and build teachers’ capacity to use technology in education. Finally, in addition to its educational benefits, this program also provides needed psychosocial support to children and families, many of whom are suffering psychosocially because of displacement, inability to attend school, and other challenges caused by COVID-19 and political turmoil. In sum, SOPISDEW’s Distance Education program aims to help increasing numbers of children to overcome challenges associated with current political and health crises and continue preparing to create meaningful careers and significantly contribute to society.

Target country

Cameroon

Project type

  • Community
  • Education
  • Mental health

Support needed

  • Anything
  • Business Strategy
  • Communications
  • Content
  • Marketing
  • Raising capital

What we need help with

SOPISDEW has already rolled out the Tablet-Based Distance Education program to several dozen children in multiple communities, and the organization plans to respond to additional high demand for the program by significantly scaling the project. The program currently serves thirty families, representing about seventy children, and SOPISDEW has registered over 900 additional families, representing over 2400 children, in need of the Distance Education program. These families are either displaced or in difficult-to-reach communities. SOPISDEW needs financial donations in order to purchase and distribute to these families the Distance Education program’s educational tablets. As an organization earnestly endeavoring to empower children amid multiple devastating crises, SOPISDEW seeks to improve its business strategy, marketing, and program content in order to increase its impact. SOPISDEW requests input and assistance from individuals and entities experienced in business strategy, marketing, and effective education in order to better advertise and implement the Distance Education program. These individuals and entities would correspond with SOPISDEW personnel to learn the details of the organization’s current efforts in these fields, explore ways to strengthen and build on these efforts, and implement promising possibilities. Finally, SOPISDEW also seeks to increase its impact by more broadly sharing about its important work, so the organization requests assistance in communications, public relations, and story-telling. The organization already has a facebook page, on which it shares its initiatives and other important information, such as helpful tips on mitigating the spread and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. SOPISDEW requests input and assistance from social media experts to help the organization build on these efforts and extend the organization’s reach. These experts would correspond with SOPISDEW personnel to become familiar with the organization’s existing social media efforts, explore possibilities for improvement, and implement promising possibilities. Because SOPISDEW is still in the process of establishing its own website, the organization also requests funding for website development to help magnify the Distance Education program’s positive impact.

Best way to get in touch

Email Tah Kenette Konsum (SOPISDEW executive director, Distance Education program manager) at sopisdewcam@gmail.com

Project status

  • In Progress