Best Partnership Finalists: Intel with World Vision
Doing a good job at work now has new meaning. Intel selects high-achieving employees for participation in the Intel Education Service Corps (IESC), which works with NGO partners to bolster educational opportunities in developing countries. IESC teams spend one to two months preparing for their assignments and two weeks in the field implementing projects, including setting up computers and training teachers to improve student learning with technology. Intel volunteers are selected for their technical and training abilities, cross-cultural fluency, and passion for education. Volunteers serve alongside expert staff from the humanitarian organizations they are supporting, including World Vision.
The Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) works closely with NGOs in developing countries to deploy technology solutions based on Intel® Learning Series purpose-built platforms for K-12 education.
Since 2009, IESC teams have worked in 16 countries with NGO partners to set up more than 1,200 Intel classmate PCs, training thousands of teachers and students to effectively use technology. Four projects have been completed with World Vision in just the past year, with two projects currently in the planning phase for Rwanda and Tanzania in late 2012.
Building on the initial four IESC engagements, World Vision and Intel are working together to develop tools and apply lessons learned for scale.
The aim is to deploy the IESC program in multiple communities in the 80 developing countries World Vision serves – effectively matching Intel’s corporate expertise, compassion, and scale to World Vision’s global footprint and mission to improve education in the poorest communities on earth.
Results of the four completed projects include:
Zambia - Twachiyanda Area Development Project (ADP), Jonathan Sims School, May 2011. A shipping container was modified into a beautiful computer lab and is furnished with solar panels for power, 20 desks and chairs for the pupils, 22 Intel classmate PCs, the eGranary “internet in a box” system, science content from Intel’s skoool.com and more. In May of 2011, a team from Intel came to the high school to set up the lab and conduct training for the students and teachers in digital literacy, teacher pedagogy, eGranary usage, technology content, and more, equipping over 250 students and teachers. A follow up team of Intel volunteers visited the school in May 2012 to provide additional training.
Zambia – Sinazongwe, May 2012 – This program was created in a similar manner to that above, including 22 computers and an eGranary. However, unlike the rural high school, Mankokoto Basic School teaches grades 1-9 and is in a less rural area, with access to electricity, limited internet connectivity and a bricks-and-mortar classroom used for the computers. The Intel team of IESC volunteers provided technical support and training that benefited over 900 students and 24 teachers.
Senegal - Tattaguine, late 2011. This project deployed 24 classmate PCs, two teacher laptops, a wireless access point, and a secured storage unit, at a high school in the village of Tattaguine. Teacher and student training included pedagogy skills, digital literacy, classroom management software, and more, benefitting 175 students and 9 teachers.
Senegal - Tattaguine, May 2012. Located in the same community as the above program, but in a neighboring school, this program provided similar training but was focused on deploying 10 classmate PCs at a primary school, catalyzing the high school students and teachers that were trained in late 2011 to support their neighboring teachers and students, further advancing the model and making it more sustainable and scalable without outside intervention. 140 students and 5 teachers are benefitting from the project at the primary school.
What the Partnership Has Accomplished
In total, the Intel Education Service Corps has reached over 47,000 students and 650 teachers in 16 countries, improving the quality of education with technology. As one example of the impact, the Jonathan Simms school in Zambia has completed its first annual assessment of the e-learning program. Among its results, the school has shown:
Increased school enrollment attributed to the lab, extending to pupils as far as 50 kilometers away
67% of the pupils sampled passed the digital literacy assessment.
Extensive use of online books including Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, History, Commerce, Physics and Geography
Better science learning from use of the lab for virtual experiments, as the school does not have a functional science lab
Spillover effects as teachers from a neighboring school (Kalemu Basic) are frequenting the lab too, some willing to pay for classes, providing income to the school.
Why It Makes Sense
A 2006 story in Time shared a joke that painted a bleak picture of the state of the education sector: Rip Van Winkle awakens in the 21st century after 100 years and is bewildered by what he sees. Men and women dash about, talking to small metal devices pinned to their ears. Older folk defy disability with hips made of metal and plastic. Every place Rip goes baffles him. But when he walks into a schoolroom, he knows exactly where he is. "This is a school," he declares. "We used to have these back in 1906. Only now the blackboards are green."
In the context of developing countries, education is often sacrificed for other immediate needs. Plus, qualified teachers are hard to find, especially in impoverished areas. Students lack access to modern tools such as computers that are a increasingly necessary to compete in the global economy. The cycle of poverty permeates. Intel and World Vision have teamed up to tackle some of the challenges in high poverty areas and create learning opportunities that prepare youth and adults alike to thrive in the 21st century.