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Rationale: Street-children that loiter around every traffic light and marketplace in Pakistan are a common sight for those who live here. These children, who are as young as 3 years old are amongst the most neglected, exploited, victimized and abused in Pakistani society.
LettuceBee Literate program aims to use the school and university computer labs that are vacant in the evening and teach these kids through khan academy and other online resources. It is a win-win situation as it will make them computer-literate, help them get basic education in English and mathematics and connect them with the society/volunteers on a different level. This could be the first step towards offering the children, a better future.
Evolving Idea: Vacant computer labs at Bahria University were used in the evening during the pilot project in the summer of 2012 and more than 45 street-children were enrolled. Student-volunteers on their summer break taught the children through Khan Academy and other online resources. The baseline study and the final graphs of the childrens' progress proved it to be a very successful educational and social experiment. http://blog.lettucebeekids.org/page/3/
Who? The Project was a joint collaboration between LettuceBee Kids [www.lettucebeekids.org], Green Volunteers and Bahria University.
How it works? The vision behind the program is based on an online education system along with exploring other options like Waldorf Education system for children who don't afford regular schools. To materialize this very vision, maximum use of computers is necessary to justify the rationale behind the program.
Where we see our project in future ? In the next 2 years , we hope that the Project will take root in different cities of Pakistan. We have enrolled 45 students in the first round and we will enroll 100 more students in the 2nd session. Our aim is to provide basic education to as many street kids as we can by utilizing the empty computer labs and involving the very enthusiastic volunteers who are more than willing to teach. The success of the pilot project ensure that the idea has the potential to be replicated around Pakistan and can benefit hundereds of children, with minimum cost involved.