NormanMacrae.net -Economist pro-youth economist -bravo sir fazle abed & jack ma
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I am interested in how online education platforms can share missing (or unknown) jobs creating curricula. For example, Johannesburg is one of the few capitals in the world where educators are specifically changing curricula to be full of job-creating potential. Entrepreneurial Revolution friends http://erworld.tv have been following what Taddy Blecher partners including Branson have been doing out of s.africa. First they developed 5 nearly free universities- the idea being that a nation's poorest but potentially greatest job creating (and community rebuilding) youth merited free degree training ; and such educators might as well design this to be the most practical -and collaborative - microentrepreneurial course in the world.
Back in 2006 we handed out youth economic case study leaflets to thousands of change-world londoners. Taddy's case was my personal favorite as it included a list of collaboration wishes - what community regenerating franchises are replicable and which of them can be propagated by maximising peer to peer teaching models.
Now the S African government has agreed that it would be a good idea to ensure that every child from kindergarten up gets entrepreneurial and financial literacy training. The goal will be 14 million children educated per year in the real schooling system. But what components of that could be shared -eg in khan academy type format - so youth all over the world could get some entrepreneurial literacy
We think that the time may have come to print postcards on missing curriculum. They could be viralised virtually - wish you were here to share in this job creating learning, as well as physically at massive youth summits.
And it could be that the most relevant postcards will also match with what KhanAcademy usually shows on a Blackboard. In other words if there is one first 9 minute training module that could help teenagers massively demand more entrepreneurial training what would that be, The hunt for 9 minute training modules that youth most need to viralise is certainly one of the most joyful -if not social - uses media has ever been put to .Whether postcards have a viral role to play in this is an experiment I welcome trying with anyone who thinks they could
Here are 2 versions of our postcard on free nursing college - this is a wonderful concept that we witnessed being born in Glasgow with Dr Muhammad Yunus Glasgow 2008 - one of the most prolific trainers of UK National Health Service nurses wanted to know if before she retired her knowledge could be shared with as many Bangladeshi girls as possible.
Grameen's development of the lowest cost highest quality training college it could possibly co-partner out of Dhaka is the result. Grameen brings some unique hi-trust relationships to starting this - not only has dr yunus empowered more womens livelihoods than almost anyone on the planet but part of his Grameen Members promise was to educate their children in village schools, where Grameen finds scholarships for the best girls to sustain their secondary education. A nurse is a dream job for many such girls - so Grameen has a humanly energised pipeline of secondary graduates to build the future of village nursing with. In parallel, Yunus partners are experimenting with mobile apps of healtcare many of which can change the job not only of village nurses but youngers girl assistants needed for maternal and infant care. The sort of social networking nurses-to-be can now connect is extraordinary - and it joyfully celebrates as much peer to peer training as possible.
Strangely the world of aid had the opportunity to start learning about the value of empowering womens networks 40 years ago thanks to the life saving cure of the lowest cost but greatest knowhow- multiplying value. Back in 1970s bangaldesh one out of 5 infants died before the age of 5 of diarrhea. It was BRAC who solved this by networking tens of thousands of village trainers of oral rehydration their job to make sure that every vilage mother - literate or illiterate- knew how to mix boiled water, salt and sugar in the right proportions to rehydrate a child' body. What happened next was remarkable - village mothers across the nation begged that BRAC leave behind para-health connectors who made a living out of selling the most basic and cheapest medicines or knowhow services.
So it was that the value of social networking commerce was innovated way before the e-commerce;but equally Bangladeshi villagers were the most urgently useful experiments of what to mobilise through e-channels. Back in 1996 when a partnership of yunus-soros-mit empowered such new to the world microfranchise experiments to start up. So it is fitting that grassroots education's most revolutionary curricula are continuing in open education planet to linkin out of Bangladesh
Across the developing world, the need for nurses is one of the biggest job vacancies. Why wouldnt open education now wish to help connect with all of these low cost training needs that could be creating tens of millions of jobs round such life critical services