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Qamar Riaz

Deputy Director Audit , Auditor General of Pakistan

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Universal Network of Education

Today, mankind has invented live and interactive video links to vend values across borders. Incredible storage space for data, swift communication through satellite links, globally available computer chips and communities to work for same cause. If all this technology development and community mobilization is employed to develop a Universal Network of Education the goal of “Education for All” can be realized.
If we can generate similar universal learning activities(Say a-z coaching classes) at the base which produce identical out puts (Virtual Videos) and these outputs ensure single outcome (better learning) the goal (education for all ) can be contributed significantly.
Lets see the above logic of idea to a much smaller scale such as town. If we go down to a town level where say 20000 kids are out of school somewhere in third world. We aim to develop a Town Education Network, Where a town owned community school is run by a Town Educational Committee, All resources are put into a pool to transmit this school live on local tv, internet etc. If only 2000 people ensure identification and registration of only 10 kids each on this local network, the target becomes so easy to achieve. The community ensures every kid is registered with this local network and an independent assessment committee evaluates the students through on line tests. This may sound achievable for local community. All such communities will be linked to national network and all national networks will be plugged into regional networks and finally these make a universal education network.
I propose this as a solution for millions of kids who are out of school right now and this online universal school may help UN to achieve its MDG of Education for All by 2015 by enrolling every kid to this universal school with the help of community.
A global virtual conference may be starting step towards Universal Education Declaration.


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    Jul 13 2013: Open (Source) Education ftw!

    But Qamar, I can tell you thought this through incredibly hard, any company or job will respect your passion for this, or else they're retarded, but that's ok, retarded companies don't last long in the marketplace.

    So I'm afraid this was a little too technical for most people. I kind of understood it, but only having read through a few times what your idea was.

    So here's the underlying problem that you'll need to figure out for yourself.

    How can you engage us on your idea? A lot of Ted people here are very good at listening, but not a lot of people out there are like Ted people.

    You can PM me if you need some help :)
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      Jul 13 2013: Dear James, Thanks for your inputs and i am glad that you got it at last. I tried to explain it as simple as possible. The vertical logic of the project is simplified and Town example was given for people who can not grasp it for whole world. Initially i wrote the global example then i thought it would be difficult for some people to understand.
      However, i ll explain the idea in more simplified version.
      Stick around please
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        Jul 13 2013: Lol no problem, I've decided to take a day off and just chill on my computer almost all day.

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