Impact Network is a 501c3 organization creating a sustainable and scalable model for affordably providing quality education to underserved children in rural Africa. Our e-learning community schools serve as a hub for comprehensive village development. In countries like Zambia where we work:
• 30% of children cannot attend school due to cost, crowding, or distance
• Average class sizes are 60-100 students for 1 teacher
• The number of teachers needs to be doubled to hit the 2015 MDG
• Less than 20% of children reach beyond grade 9
Part of the problem is money. While Zambia spends more on education than anything else in the country and donors like USAID pour money into the problem, the funds quickly run out when expading the traditional education model. The Impact Network model plans to operate at a fraction of the annual cost by incorporating e-learning and community contributions, making it easily scale to provide universal educational access.
Part of the problem is quality. Even where students have access to schooling, resources and rote learning curriculum pale in comparison to the west. Impact Network plans to incorporate a standardized and interactive curriculum. The e-learning platform lends itself to curriculum improvement, research, and evaluation.