Accessible education for all
Fighting global poverty with accessible education.
Students in poverty or in low-income countries are at a disadvantage in their education.
Simulations by the World Bank show that the learning poverty rate might increase by 10 points, from 53% to 63% in low- and middle-income countries as a result of COVID-19. There is a shocking education crisis, but what if we found a way to close the gap no matter the learner’s location, economic status or background?
WeSchool’s platform enables the Tutoring Online Program launched by universities and NGOs across the globe to pair disadvantaged students with educational volunteers. The program offers 1-to-1 tutoring through online school support sessions.
The project is a partnership between world-leading universities, such as the Laboratory for Effective Anti-Poverty Policies (LEAP) of Bocconi University in collaboration with Bicocca University and Fondazione Cariplo. WeSchool offers strategic support for tutors on how to best use the platform for a simple user experience, as well as provide tutors and universities with monitoring features and analytics to improve the learning experience.
Since 2020, various editions of the program have shown that participation in TOP had a positive impact not only on academic performance and educational aspirations, but also on psychological and socio-emotional well-being. More than 600 students benefiting from tutoring have shown improvements in academic performance equal to the effect of 9 months of learning .
Its success has led to its global growth to support further research on ways to eradicate poverty in developing countries. So far, the project is running in the Dominican Republic and Brazil and is looking to ex
Michela Carlana, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, about Tutoring Online Program
“A turnkey yet flexible platform that has allowed the program to make a global impact while delivering valuable data on learner experiences”
WeSchool’s role in eradicating education poverty
Community for tutors
The interactive nature and individualized learning paths on WeSchool’s platform have helped the project deliver asynchronous educational content to support training for tutors. Live lessons to measure progress were also held within the platform.
A platform fit for research
WeSchool weekly analytic reports help researchers assess the impact of the program by offering data on key metrics, including the intensity of the tutoring. The researchers also collected data on 4 other key dimensions: academic performance, learner’s aspirations, changes to social development skills and psychological well-being. Ultimately, these metrics help inform new learning paths and methodologies to adapt to cultures, environments, subjects and ultimately, individuals.
Last but not least, WeSchool’s personalized learning paths and all-in-one platform have put tutees at the center stage of the program. This personalized approach caters for accessibility and drives motivation, engagement and retention. Tutors can be creative but also comply with learners’ needs by implementing methodologies such as gamification or flipped learning while ensuring the tutee is able to remain in the platform throughout the learning session.