Bilal Musharraf, Executive Director (NOBLE)
Noon Open Borders Learning Enablement (NOBLE) Program
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
Millions of students have low levels of literacy & numeracy skills in low income countries due to poor teaching quality, teacher absenteeism & lack of educational infrastructure. These compounded with an absence of mentorship, lead to decreased learning outcomes.
The NOBLE program enables underserved students to break geographical & economic barriers & provides equal access to quality education.
How does your innovation work in practice?
The NOBLE program utilizes Noon’s e-learning platform to provide less-privileged students with live, online tutoring support from top teachers in the country for free, bridging the gap between the education they receive vs. the students from privileged backgrounds receive. These underserved students also receive one-to-one mentorship & access to skill-based courses on the Noon app. This approach has been tested in Saudi Arabia, before it was scaled to Pakistan & India, & a research published in the 20th IEEE conference on Machine Learning Applications concluded that students were able to improve their rate of passing by upto 17.5% through Noon.
Moreover, Noon offers some unique features including but not limited to:
- Live sessions by top teachers which are also available as recordings (playbacks)
- Playbacks can be viewed with friends for a collaborative learning experience
- Interactive elements such as live chat during classes, gamification features & quizzes
How has it been spreading?
This Program has expanded to Pakistan & India in the past year as it is highly scalable, adaptable & cost-effective. Unlike a brick-and-mortar school, which is time consuming & costly to build, the NOBLE program allows a student to study online from top teachers of the country. 95,000 students have benefited thus far, & the aim is to impact 1 million students by 2025.
The target audience is students in low-fee private schools or NGO/Public schools. We are scaling our impact through partnerships with these schools & providing students free access to paid courses on the Noon app for which they require a low-priced smartphone & Wi-Fi / cellular data. According to initial surveys with these schools, approximately 50% of the students have latent access to smartphones & connectivity.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
We are actively looking to expand the reach & impact of our program, & happy to partner with those who share our mission of never depriving a learner. Please reach out to us on: email@example.com