Almost ten years ago, the UN announced the world’s first tuition-free online university, designed to use the Internet to bring further education to the masses requiring only an admission fee of $50 or less. The University continues to exist and has recently had further support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
According to Save The Children, more than half of the world’s school-aged children are not learning. Roughly 750 million people over the age of 15 still can’t read or write a basic sentence. With $8.15 billion invested in edtech companies globally in 2017 alone, there is newfound hope of providing more accessible forms of education to those that need it most.
One Young World Ambassador initiatives are using online technology to close the opportunities gap between men and women, and between developing and developed societies. Projects have educated 108,150 students, providing employable skills and training.
But are we doing enough to exploit the wonders of the world wide web for the benefit of better educating the global population?