Akholi to Launch Universal Education Platform, Delivering Cost Effective Education to All Children in the World

Akholi | July 07, 2020

New technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics will make most jobs that do not require an education obsolete over the next 20 years. Billions of young people around the world do not have access to the education they need to get a job in this future world. The lack of access to education is not a problem specific to developing and emerging markets. Entire communities across the United States do not have access to the right job skills training and additional education they need to compete. In Detroit alone, up to 47% of all adults are functionally illiterate. Unless we take aggressive steps now, communities around the world will be left even further behind.  Today, Akholi is launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money needed to expand cost-effective education to every person in the world, regardless of location or circumstance. Money raised will be used to expand Akholi's current global education platform (Jagora Learning Platform) and add additional curriculum to the existing library of over 1,200 courses.

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Educational Results Partnership Proposes New Architecture to Improve Post-pandemic Educational and Economic Productivity

Educational Results | March 26, 2022

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Single textbook approved for maths mastery teaching

Maths — No Problem! | July 21, 2017

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Low Pay and High Risk: Being a Substitute Teacher During COVID-19

Kelly Education | August 10, 2020

For all educators, the start of this school year will be daunting. But for substitute teachers, there are, in many ways, even more question marks. School districts are increasingly choosing to start the school year remotely, which could reduce the need for short-term substitutes. But for districts that are doing in-person instruction at least some days of the week, substitutes will be in high demand. There’s already a substitute shortage in many places. And with precautions in place that ask teachers to quarantine after COVID-19 exposure and stay home with any mild symptoms, administrators are expecting to need a long roster of substitutes. Yet many substitutes—in particular, those who are at high-risk for complications from COVID-19—are weighing the costs of going back: Doing so means they’ll be exposing themselves to a great number of people, under inconsistent safety protocols, and for little pay and potentially no health benefits.

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Vasta acquires Phidelis, a complete platform of academic and financial management for K-12 schools

Vasta Platform Limited | January 18, 2022

Vasta Platform Limited today announced the acquisition, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A., of Phidelis Tecnologia Desenvolvimento de Sistemas Ltda. and MVP Consultoria e Sistemas Ltda. (“Phidelis”). Phidelis is a complete platform of academic and financial management for K-12 schools, providing (i) software licensing and development and (ii) messaging, retention, enrollment and default management, for schools and students. Founded in 2004, Phidelis have provided services to over 35 schools. In 2021, it recorded net revenue of R$ 5 million. In addition to aggregating a digital solution and bringing in new clients, Phidelis’s talented and skilled team will support the development of Vasta’s digital services platform. With this acquisition, Vasta takes another important step towards offering a complete digital solution to K-12 schools. About Vasta Vasta is a leading, high-growth education company in Brazil powered by technology, providing end-to-end educational and digital solutions that cater to all needs of private schools operating in the K-12 educational segment, ultimately benefiting all of Vasta’s stakeholders, including students, parents, educators, administrators and private school owners. Vasta’s mission is to help private K-12 schools to be better and more profitable, supporting their digital transformation. Vasta believes they are uniquely positioned to help schools in Brazil undergo the process of digital transformation and bring their education skill-set to the 21st century. Vasta promotes the unified use of technology in K-12 education with enhanced data and actionable insight for educators, increased collaboration among support staff and improvements in production, efficiency and quality.

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