Education Technology is offered to library visitors in the form of computers with regular internet access, e-book readers, and pen-computer-based reading systems that facilitate self-paced learning for literacy and pronunciation. Additionally, educational videos on a wide variety of subjects are regularly screened.
Free life skills coursework led by volunteer teaching staff covers subjects including internet communications, website creation and management, professional business skills, and English language and literacy. Other coursework that supplements basic skills learning include cooking classes that emphasize hygiene, safety and self-defense workshops, maternity health instruction, and identifying human traffickers and employment scams.
Rural outreach efforts are organized when funding and volunteer manpower becomes available. Volunteers, equipped with backpacks full of tablet computers and instructional materials, go into rural communities that lack regular internet access and means of traveling to the library. GetSet-Go plans to open Women's Libraries throughout Siem Reap and Cambodia and rely on these types of on-foot campaigns to provide expanded services around each.
Staff training programs teach cost-effectiveness strategies for educational technology implementation in developing countries.
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CEI approaches in action
GetSet-Go sets qualitative benchmarks for its libraries in terms of the number and effectiveness of programs and resources made available in their library, the women who are able raise their level of literacy or general education level, and the women who are able secure gainful employment or otherwise improve their quality of life after using the library's resources.
Since its fouding in 2009, the GetSet-Go Women's library sought and confirmed its status as a formal 501(c)(3) non-profit in the United States, enabling it to seek tax-exempt donations to remotely fund its operations. In 2011, the library commenced its 24-hours-a-day model. Since opening, the library has seen significant growth in clientele as word-of-mouth and formalized rural outreach efforts take hold.
GetSet-Go's budget currently allocates incoming donations towards the purchase of new technologies and learning materials. In the future, GetSet-Go's director and staff hope to replicate their women's library model throughout Siem Reap before moving into other urban centers in Cambodia, where a burgeoning tourism industry has significantly increased the number of jobs available to literate, English-speaking women, providing them opportunities to enter the formal economy with protected wages and pathways for professional development. GetSet-Go seeks accreditation to become the first official testing site for the United States General Equivalency Degree (GED) in Cambodia. This accreditation will allow GetSet-Go's clients to legitimize their educational attainment for employers and local universities. The GED, transferable across developed countries, provides opportunities for scholarships and higher education that Cambodian women might otherwise be excluded from.
Monitoring & Evaluation
GetSet-Go plans to use international learning metrics and testing systems to evaluate its clients. These outcomes will be used in determining course curricula and most-needed learning materials down the road. Given Cambodia's lack of public educational oversight, GetSet-Go will likely rely on international evaluation systems for its operations. The organization is currently registered as a United States-based tax-exempt organization, and is subject to standard non-profit auditing processes.
Standardized Assessment Performance - Literacy | GetSet-Go issues periodic assessments and end-of-course reviews for its library users and class participants. These range from tracking improvements in reading to measuring learner satisfaction after on-site workshops.
GetSet-Go is in the process of evaluating which strategies work best in securing formal employment offers for women.
GetSet-Go advocates on behalf of the women they serve and observe their qualitative growth and understanding in areas such as self-empowerment, awareness of their rights, political and historical contexts, and gender-specific dangers related to sex trafficking and wage theft.