Lack of education in poverty stricken areas is one of the biggest problem in the modern world. However, by educating the current generation, more people are able to find jobs and end the poverty cycle.
I propose an educational app that allows youths, students from well-developed countries to connect to other children from less-developed countries and teach them basic subjects such as Math, Science and literacy skills. (Imagine Duolingo combined with Skype)
The app has a curriculum of its own, with different stages and topics for each subjects ranging in difficulty and experience. Students from well-developed countries are akin to tutors that teach children who suffer from poverty. The app has lesson materials that are planned out based on the development stages of the children and a test is administered before the start of the tutoring to gauge the level of understanding of the children. Each tutor mentors around 2-3 children and conduct the lessons via softwares like skype or zoom and keep track of individual children progress via a section in the app. While these students are by no means a replacement for teachers with a proper educational background, I believe that a small effort goes a long way.
The main problems right now are that many students might not be inclined to help those the less fortunate, at the expense of their own time and effort. However, as many schools have a community work requirement, I believe schools can implement this as a form of community work to encourage students to sign up for this project.
Another issue, is that many poverty stricken areas probably do not have access to computers or even phones. It can be difficult to truly connect the two parties together.Lesson materials may also not always be availiable in rural areas and they might have to simply make do with pencil and paper.
This idea is definitely still in the early stages and I hope to get your feedback to improve upon!