Tablets pre-loaded with free learning content giving children access to an education
The Rumie Initiative
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
More than one billion children lack the access to education which would allow them to keep up in our increasingly knowledge-based global economy. The Rumie Initiative aims to enable children who have the ability but not the access to education, to gain an education through low-cost technology and digital learning.
The Rumie Initiative’s basic tablets are preloaded with free, high quality, pre-approved educational textbooks, videos and games, each suited to the student’s age and curriculum. This free learning content, available online through the LearnCloud system, is made available to communities that are working offline who would normally not be able to access it. The tablets become interactive libraries that cost less than the average textbook. Students only need to connect to the internet once a month in order to update content.
Tablets are sold to NGOs to use in educational programming, and can be updated to include the content most suited to the specific local needs. Access to the LearnCloud community means that content can be regularly updated as the student progresses.
Though the tablets are basic in comparison to the high-tech versions available and have a battery life of just 5 hours, they are cheap to make and easy to use for all ages.
The Rumie Initiative has so far worked with NGOs and clients in over 20 countries including in Turkey to help Syrian refugees, in Guatemala and in Liberia where many schools were closed after the Ebola crisis. As winners of the 2017 Google Impact Challenge Canada, the Rumie Initiative hopes to bring the LearnCloud to smart phones as well as tablets.