Project Hello World is based on the belief that vulnerable communities across the world deserve connectivity, access to information and opportunities to learn. In remote and neglected parts of the world, Hello World mobilises communities to build solar-powered outdoor Internet kiosks to provide underprivileged children and adults the power to educate themselves, communicate with others and have a voice in the global community. The "Hello Hubs" are designed to withstand extreme weather and are energy autonomous, which means they can bring connectivity and education to some of the most isolated communities. Each Hello Hub is equipped with state of the art technology including solar panels, satellite network connectivity, rugged, waterproof touch panel monitors, keyboards, cameras and audio equipment.
Hello Hub features:
- * Personalised user experience: Each user is provided a personal login, which loads a personalised desktop and encrypted storage;
- * Cloud storage: Users can safely store documents, photos and files, which is particularly meaningful to vulnerable people who are at risk of displacement and losing their possessions;
- * Communication: Preloaded Skype and email services to allow individuals access to free communication methods;
- * Access to information: Users are provided access to vast resources available online, including vocational education and business-related best practises, ability to publicise products and/or services, share local news and stories, practical solutions to community problems and challenges;
- * Educational tools: Access to preloaded educational software such as Edubuntu, which provides application bundles that group educational software by grade level, as well as Khan Academy, standard Office applications, and a wide range of learning activities and games, such as KGeography, Gamine, GCompris, Kalzium;
- * Power: A station for charging personal devices such as mobile phones and tablets;
- * Community Internet access: A 24/7 WiFi access point to provide Internet connection for community members' own mobile devices.
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CEI approaches in action
The Hello Hubs are free outdoor Internet kiosks that are accessible by anyone at any time.
Given the success of the pilot project in Nigeria, Project Hello World replicated Hello Hubs in four communities in Uganda in 2015 and is on track to build additional hubs in 2016.
Project Hello World aims to build 2 new Hello Hubs in Uganda in 2016. The program has plans to expand outside Africa and also into Refugee camps.
Monitoring & Evaluation
Projects For All utilises a tracking system and methodology to gather and analyse social and technical data to help the organisation understand and improve Hello Hubs to further advance users’ learning, as well as to integrate digital literacy in school curricula and learning.
Projects For All deploys two types of data collection:
1) Summative Data to regularly capture Hello Hub usage data. This data allows Projects For All to analyse how users of diverse backgrounds and from different communities are utilising Hello Hubs. Projects For All also utilises digital literacy testing to track users’ learning progression.
2) Formative Data to capture literacy testing to help inform programmatic and individual education interventions. Projects For All also employs surveys that appear when users log on and off the system to track users’ characteristics and satisfaction with the system. Lastly, Projects For All works with local partners to ensure that Hello Hubs are integrated into classroom learning in local schools.
Projects For All is partnering with SOLE Central at Newcastle University/UK, to continue to enhance its monitoring and evaluation methodology. SOLE Central is the leading global hub for research and practice into self-organised learning environments (SOLEs) and will work with Projects For All to structure more effective data practices to better understand the full taxonomy of learning at the Hello Hubs. The research will particularly focus on digital literacy, literacy progression, and integrated curricular learning. These focus areas highlight reading comprehension, fluency, and decoding while incorporating them into multi-subject activities in numeracy, the sciences, and the arts.