Teachers and Educators
How can teachers and educators provide accessible, personalized, and creative learning experiences for all?
Education remains the most important investment a community can make both to bolster the growth of its economy and to reduce inequality. Yet, 61 million children do not have access to primary education, another 142 million teenagers are not enrolled in secondary school, and less than 10% of the world’s population hold college degrees.
Further, as technology continues to transform the job market and the economy, youth and adults require new skills and lifelong learning opportunities that are relevant to the jobs and livelihoods of the future. They also require learning experiences that foster creativity, teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking – skills that can never be taught solely or perhaps at all by machines, an app, or a video. Teachers and educators of all types—whether in the classroom, in the lab, in the workplace, in the workshop, or at home—are essential to providing learners with the knowledge and skills they need to contribute to society and reach their full potential. Yet, teachers and educators are too often undervalued, inadequately trained, and poorly supported. What’s more, UNESCO estimates the demand for teachers in developing countries will double by 2030, requiring an additional 69 million new educators globally.
Instead of thinking that technology and digital tools will usurp and replace educators, how can technology amplify the work of teachers, support new educators and learning facilitators, and help them bring better quality education to their students?
The Solve community aims to find innovative solutions to support teachers and educators to better provide accessible, personalized, and creative learning experiences for all. To do so, Solve welcomes solutions from innovators around the world that:
Support educators in fostering innovation, creativity, critical thinking, social and emotional learning, and skills-building in diverse learners
Propose new models for affordable training to increase both the quality and quantity of teachers and other educators, particularly in disadvantaged communities
Ensure educators are adequately recruited, well-trained, professionally qualified, motivated, and supported
Personalize and adapt teaching to all, especially people with disabilities, and learners living in areas disrupted by crises or in low-income settings