Congratulations to the joint winning teams of the XPrize for Global Learning who are sharing the $10 million award for innovations that advance education among some of the world’s poorest children.
The winners of the open innovation competition were announced by entrepreneur Elon Musk, who donated to the prize.
Participants were tasked with designing a solution to enable children to teach themselves basic reading, writing and math within 15 months.
The contest attracted nearly 200 teams from 40 countries and five finalists were given $1 million to test their solutions in villages across Tanzania.
The two winning teams were:
Onebillion.org, which is based in the UK and Kenya. Their solution merges numeracy content with literacy material to provide directed learning and activities alongside monitoring to personalize responses to children’s needs.
KitKit School from South Korea and the US. Their software program has a game-based core and flexible learning architecture to help kids learn independently.
Millions Without Access to Education
Lack of access to basic education is a huge global problem. According to data from UNESCO ((the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), one in five children around the world are not in school.
“Hundreds of millions of children cannot read, write or do basic math. This is a problem we can and must solve. We can harness the power of technology so that children everywhere—regardless of circumstance—have the opportunity to thrive and build a better future for themselves and all of us.”
Emily Church, Executive Director, Prize Operations, Global Learning XPRIZE.