We seek to address the digital skill mismatch between school education and industry in the global South. Our approach is to develop a community-based intervention by involving the parents as active agents in the co-learning process with their children. This program encourages intergenerational empowerment of lifelong learning with a long-term vision to break the cycle of under-education and low labor force participation.
"It Takes Three"
In the information age, the problem of skill mismatch prohibits people with no or insufficient access to ICT in low resource settings from effectively participating in the digital economy. As the education challenges in the digital age go beyond the walls of school settings, parental and wider community involvement play a critical role in accelerating students’ digital learning. Schools can act as anchor institutions in their communities to engage other sectors and agents to work together.
Our program - “It Takes Three” - involves the parents as active agents in the co-learning process with their children under the coaches of master trainers. We also encourage parents to learn alongside them and become positive role models. By working with public, private sectors as well as NGOs, our intervention is as follows:
1. Organize community-based learning clusters led by pilot schools
2. Train motivated teachers into certified master trainers on digital skills
3. Adopt project based learning (a teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects)
4. Promote parent-child co-learning sessions delivered by master trainers
5. Employ hybrid service delivery models, including local centers/family groups/home visits/digital/remote methods, to adjust to different institutional and cultural context
By focusing on the triangular relationship between the students, teachers and parents:
1. We aim to reach a primary outcome for the students to improve digital learning results and their career prospects.
2. Additionally, the program benefits other stakeholders in the ecosystem, for example career advancement for teachers and family relationship improvement.
3. In the long-term, it will break the cycle of under-education and low labor force participation.
4. By cultivating a sense of responsibility that starts at home and on to community, this program encourages intergenerational empowerment of lifelong learning.