How do you teach billions not on internet?

6/11/2014

A recent McKinsey report estimates roughly 4.4 billion individuals still remain offline. That is a staggering number. It’s a missed opportunity. An untapped economic potential that is waiting to be unleashed.

Bringing the education to these individuals should be one of the top priority for all of us. A task that sounds challenging but very doable. Consider the following…

In India alone the expected spend under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is approximately $3.3 billion. Just a small fraction of this money would suffice in setting up and maintaining a computer lab in most if not all rural areas. These labs for now can be wired to the net. Alternately, the internet access can be provided to just the few of them in a hub-and-spoke type model. Take a smart solution like cloud-on-a-stick solution from Classle where an entire course library can be carried by a student on a USB stick. Students can simply access courses when at their remote non-internet-connected computers and synch them occasionally at the hub based computers which are connected to the internet.

This is just one such scenario. Many online-offline solution scenarios can be created based on the resource and talent availability.  What is needed is the leadership and willingness to take on this challenge.

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