Educational Institutions

FOUNDATION FOR LEARNING EQUALITY INC

Connecting the disconnected

aka Learning Equality   |   La Jolla, CA   |  www.learningequality.org

Mission

Learning Equality is committed to enabling every person in the world to realize their right to a quality education, by supporting the creation, adaptation and distribution of open educational resources, and creating supportive tools for innovative pedagogy.

Ruling year info

2014

Principal Officer

Jamie Alexandre

Main address

9700 Gilman Dr PMB 323

La Jolla, CA 92093 USA

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EIN

46-2676188

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1 in 3 children around the world lack access to a quality basic education. Education technology has the potential to help achieve universal access to quality education, with more quality, free, open educational resources online than ever before. But - most ed tech relies on the internet, and half the world is still offline. Compounding the inequity, in low-income countries, a full 85% of the populations is disconnected.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kolibri

Kolibri is Learning Equality's open-source educational platform and toolkit designed for low-resource communities. Kolibri is built to run on a lightweight local server, but with a growing library of open educational resources and the tools to adapt them to the local curriculum.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

We believe education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and opening the door to human flourishing. Learners anywhere - online or offline - have the right to a quality education.

We build tools to catalyze effective learning in disconnected and low-resource environments: - open source software that is free, easy to use, and adaptable - a diverse content library with global and local content, with support for aligning to national standards - compatibility with low-cost and legacy hardware, including solar-powered devices - support for educators through training of trainers and a toolkit of guiding resources We work with mission-aligned organizations to help them amplify their educational impact through our suite of open products and a variety of activities: - training of trainers around integration of ed tech into classroom practice - providing guidance around hardware setup, content selection, and implementation model - fostering a broad community of practice to share learnings - convening stakeholders and conducting research to further the fields - distributing seed funding through our grants program to support pilot initiatives - sponsoring content production to fill in gaps in digital curricula

Our team is uniquely comprised of: - former teachers and teacher training professionals - international development experts - a strong full-stack engineering team - designers with a background in human-centered design - accessibility, educational game development, and data science professionals - founders with PhD and research backgrounds in cognitive science and other fields

Ultimately the improved learning outcomes that are shared by our partners are the indicators that demonstrate our success. We also measure the growth of our global reach by the number of installations of our learning platform, the number of languages the platform and content ares available in, and the depth and breadth of content offered. Our growing number of collaborations with credible partners such as UNHCR and UN Women, and their commitment to deepen our work together are additional indicators of progress.

We're achieving scale through a combination of grassroots adoption and strategic partnerships. Over 6 million learners in more than 200 countries and territories have used Learning Equality's educational platforms. Our collaborators have observed improved learning outcomes in the communities in which they work. Read about the studies conducted in places such as Guatemala, India, and Cameroon below. IMPROVED MATH SKILLS IN GUATEMALA Assessing the use of technology and Khan Academy to improve educational outcomes in Sacatepéquez, Guatemala TRANSFORMING EDUCATION IN CAMEROON Preliminary results from a study carried out in Cameroon on the impact of Khan Academy on Children's academic achievement and cognitive abilities INCENTIVES FOR EFFORT OR OUTPUTS? A field experiment to improve student performance in India CONNECTED EDUCATION Vodafone Foundation's work towards Quality Education, a UN Sustainable Development Goal

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), suggestion box/email, community forum online.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, the people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FOUNDATION FOR LEARNING EQUALITY INC

Board of directors
as of 4/27/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jamie Alexandre

Bilal Musharraf

Charles Rowe

Marito Garcia

Nathan Gloier

Paulette Altmaier

June Sugiyama

Sarah Loos

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

education, learning, equality, technology, equity