EFA Crowdsourcing Challenge: How would you reinforce primary education?

UNESCO, along with Nokia and the Pearson Foundation, is introducing universal primary education as its next priority in the Education for All (EFA) Crowdsourcing Challenge. On the 10th of November 2011, the EFA Crowdsourcing Challenge will elicit suggestions on how mobile communication can help achieve universal primary education.

A few hundred ideas have already been generated by the first phase of the project, which set out to find ways of using mobile communication to help achieve literacy. During the second month of the Challenge, education experts, teachers, parents, students and software developers are all invited to participate by submitting mobile communication ideas for strengthening universal primary education, as well as vote or comment on other ideas.  

These dynamic exchanges will lead to concrete projects that will then be developed and implemented either by Nokia or by participants in the challenge. In addition, the winner of the second phase of the challenge will receive a Nokia smartphone, a US$3,000 prize, and a library of children’s books (a mixture of digital and print) worth US$3,000 that will be donated to a non-profit organisation of the winner’s choice. 

Progress in universal primary education has been uneven – and it is slowing. The world is not on track to achieve the goal of universal primary education. If current trends continue, there could be as many as 72 million children out of school in 2015 – an increase over current levels. Avoiding this outcome will require concerted efforts of everyone concerned, including governments, communities, teachers and parents. The EFA Crowdsourcing Challenge is one such effort that could offer solutions to EFA.

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