ORPHANS IN VIETNAM
Limited Career Preparation
Children often graduate from the orphanage without finishing high school and without much job training other than programs such as motorbike repair for the boys and sewing for the girls.
Lacking Self Confidence
It is not easy to leave the orphanage at age 18 or 19 feeling confident about what happens next when there hasn’t been a lot of preparation and training and there isn’t much follow-up support.
Missing Digital Literacy
Digital literacy is a life skill, yet very few orphanages have any type of computer program for the children and opportunities to gain these practical skills in school are limited – even more so for children living in remote regions.
Few Support Systems
Children leaving the orphanage have almost no support in the form of mentorship, training, counseling, etc. It makes it much less likely for these children to overcome the cycle of poverty without this type of support.
AFTER-SCHOOL EDTECH PROGRAM
As soon as our project expanded beyond a few orphanages, it quickly became a question how to manage and maintain the computers without rapidly increasing the project budget beyond what is reasonable for a small project. Our solution – recently implemented – was Google Chromebooks.
How do we re-train teachers to facilitate a student-centered classroom when they have learned a totally different style of teaching? Our solution was to find individuals who love technology and love children and teach to them to become teachers.
Project growth and impact numbers are always exciting in the non-profit world. But maintaining quality amidst growth isn’t easy. Our solution has been been to use Team Captains and common curriculum.
Teacher autonomy vs. centralized lesson planning has been an internal debate for us. Our solution was to set “Technology Standards” that are expected program-wide and teachers plan their own lessons to achieve these standards.