The education crisis is global, with developing nations being hit the hardest. In Bangladesh, 4.3 million children are out of school and 58% of Grade 5 students struggle to read and comprehend a simple text. Traditional education models are too slow to solve the problem, but digital technology coupled with self-learning and gamification provide a cost effective and scalable solution.
ELAN’s model is a simple and scalable “functional literacy” solution for students in Pre K to Grade 2. It has been deployed with excellent results in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Malawi, in varied settings, from urban slums to refugee camps and remote Himalayan villages.
ELAN students outperform students in traditional schools, achieving at least 1.5 times the learning gains, as measured by independent third parties across time, multiple geographies, and environments.
We partner with best-in-class award-winning content providers and deploy their content on tablets and smartphones. The model does not require reliance on a trained teacher. The model delivers world-class reading, writing, and math applications in a gamified format, on low-cost tablets and smartphones. Children learn math, English and their local language in a gamified format for 2 hours a day/6 days a week in a facilitated setting within existing schools or in community-based learning centers powered by solar technology.
Over the last 2 years, ELAN has scaled to 2,700 learners in 3 countries, with validated impact evaluations showing students outperform traditional models by 1.5x. ELAN has also received global recognition, winning the World Bank’s Ideas4Action competition and featured by UNESCO among the best COVID-response interventions in 2021. ELAN was a finalist in the MIT Solve Global Challenge in 2022 and finalists for MIT Solve Tiger Challenge for Bangladesh in 2019, which we presented in Dhaka.
Over the next 2-3 years, we aim to scale ELAN to 200,000 learners globally by partnering with local governments for policy integration and implementation. ELAN will create lasting social impact by:
Accelerating access to education
Enhancing socio-economic well-being
Empowering girls, women and communities
Teach the World created The ELAN model with the intention of replication across the developing world. We use off-the-shelf hardware to deploy content from internationally recognized providers. We can provide training and strategic oversight for deployment of the model. Organizations interested in partnering with us can contact our Vice President Adnan Ahmed at firstname.lastname@example.org.