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PeerEd

by charmaine isaacgazimbe valentina | updated July 12, 2019

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We are a team of university students from Zimbabwe and Italy.
We are addressing the low pass rates in secondary schools that use the Cambridge system. Our solution is a peer2peer micro tutorship where students who understand can help students who do not.

We designed a mobile application but we are open to associate with an existing platform.

The prototype will take place first in Zimbabwe.

July 4, 2019 at 7:33 AM
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We have analysed some existing online tutorship platforms including: 

  • edX
  • Coursera
  • Duolingo
  • Quora
  • Yahoo answers

The key takeaways from these platforms are: 

  1. the evaluation criteria for tutors' answers
  2. how to incentivise tutors

July 4, 2019 at 7:46 AM
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How do we ensure Quality of the answers? 

  1. Hierarchical method: this is where there two levels ,the  validators and the peer Educator .Before the answer is approved it should be validated by at least two validators.
  2. Flat approach : this is where the answer is approved by peers so that they all have equal powers to validate.
  3. Crowdsourcing

July 4, 2019 at 7:48 AM
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Chronic shortage of teachers creates gaps in knowledge of students. 

The pass rate is particularly low compared to other countries (in the region and more generally in the world).

We noticed an increase in the access to internet and mobile phones.

 

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July 4, 2019 at 7:48 AM
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The problem we aim to solve is the low pass rate from "O" level to "A" level. According to the Cambridge system the access to university is granted only for students with at least two "A" level subjects.

This problem is caused by high student to teacher ratio. Since the prive lessons are costly, we believe that there is a need for free specific assistance. 

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July 4, 2019 at 7:52 AM
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July 5, 2019 at 11:04 AM
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  1. Students are the only resource we have and are easy to incentivize .
  2. To allow for collaborative and inclusive education.

Q. Why use the peer to peer tutor app?

A. We believe that students that have aced their exams are in a fantastic position to support their peers. The evidence from the Education Endowment Foundation demonstrates an additional 5+ months progress from peer to peer learning.

Q. Is this just cheating?

A. No, the tutors will help expand your child’s thinking on the problem they are trying to solve and provide, as appropriate, detailed feedback and guidance.

Q. Is it safe?

A. All of our tutors are verified before starting. All questions and answers are moderated.

July 12, 2019 at 3:29 AM
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  • UNESCO 
  • WPF (World Population Foundation)
  • UNICEF - office of innovation 
  • RAFT - réseaux africain francophone de télémédecine 
  • PEN 
  • YEP

July 12, 2019 at 8:54 AM
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