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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: Would it not be preferable to provide more flexibility in the offerings learners can tap rather than having a single uniform offering?
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      Jul 13 2013: Dear Reisner, The problem statement says there are 28 million children out of school live in the world's conflict zones, and more than half of those are women and girls. The first challenge is to identify these out of school kids. Alone in Pakistan 7 million kids are out of school with age group (4-9), in Pakistan there are more than 120 districts and if every district makes such a community network we ll have more than 120 class room experiences available for a newcomer to choose, to compare and to learn from these online class rooms.
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        Jul 13 2013: I wish you the greatest success in reaching these many children.
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          Jul 13 2013: Thanks for your wish :)

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