The Role of Technology for Safety in Education Technology can and must be used to assess risk at schools, but what about for learning? The Global Learning XPRIZE is trying to answer that part of the question. We are asking software developers, educators, and innovators from around the world to create open-source software that will allow children anywhere in the world to have access to education. Technology is not the only solution, but it must be part of the solution. If technology can do what we believe it can with learning, it will allow children in conflict zones and refugee camps to safely begin or continue their education.
It’s no secret that it will take dedication, focus, creativity, and funding to ensure the right of education for the world’s children — or that the need to support that right is now more important than ever. Clearly, people are recognizing this important work and honoring individuals like Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarth with the Nobel Peace Prize for their commitment to protecting the rights of children to education. Initiatives like the Let Girls Learn campaign also show the commitment to making sure girls around the world have access to education. But as the UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report shows, there is still an immense amount of work that needs to be done to achieve quality education for all children.
At XPRIZE, we want to harness technology to empower the 250 million children who lack basic literacy skills, whether it’s due to scarcity of teachers, prejudice, or civil conflict. So let’s take action to support teachers, students, and schools around the world. At the same time, let’s look for creative new ways that technology can help children realize their human right to an education.