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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: Some people say that identification of 1 million kids sounds impossible. I feel, if 100,000 people take this job to identify only 10 kids, the target will be achieved in one day (100,00x10=1 million). These kids can be found in segments which are poor and living in slums. So individual target is only 10 kids and i found these kids in a day which are out of school. I found them in my poor relatives, in nomads living just outside my town and in slums of my city.
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      Jul 13 2013: It's not impossible at all.

      1 kid can identify himself and pass on the message to 5 more people they know. This kind of shit happens on Facebook all the time lol. I think that's what you've been trying to say, is it not?
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        Jul 13 2013: Sir, i am talking about the kids who never attended any school what to talk about facebook. These kids are unaware about internet. The community workers have to extend their hands to introduce them to network.
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          Jul 13 2013: Let's play a game.

          The rules are simple.

          1. Send me a letter stating your name and date of birth. My address is 1234 SomeAddress.
          2. Tell five more people you know to do the same.

          This is how information on social media spreads so fast. Word of mouth to a small number of people.

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