Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Winners of the EFA Crowdsourcing Challenge Announced


Some mobile learning news, with some great ideas from some uncommon sources:

This week, the Pearson Foundation announced—together with UNESCO and Nokia—the six prize winners of our Education for All (EFA) Crowdsourcing Challenge for educational mobile applications.

This eight-month, international competition invited independent innovators around the world to find the best solution to providing quality basic education for all children, youth and adults through the use of mobile technology. Participants posted and voted on ideas and provided feedback and solutions via the Ideas Project online community powered by Nokia.

Nearly one thousand mobile communication ideas were posted during the competition, with entries from education experts, teachers, parents, students, and software developers. Their aim: to make use of mobile phones to help promote UNESCO’s Education for All goals of achieving literacy, developing universal primary education, addressing youth and adult learning needs, improving the quality of education, achieving gender parity and equality in education, and improving early childhood care and education.

Laura Blackheart of the United States, Swaroop John of Switzerland, Eric Kotonya of Kenya, Harkirat Singh of India, Nand Wadhwani of China, and Sanjith Yeruva of India have each won the challenge for their ideas to achieve one of the six EFA goals.

They were selected by an international jury and each received a prize of $3,000 from the Pearson Foundation. In their honor, the Pearson Foundation also donated a library of children’s books to a nonprofit organization in the winner’s country.

To read the winner’s ideas go to www.unesco.org.

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