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Innovation Edge: Innovation Challenge - edtech solutions for children in South Africa

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 8, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on October 30, 2021
Innovation Challenge poster
Innovation Challenge poster

Innovation Challenge: a call for innovative educational technology (edtech) solutions that will result in quality home or centre-based learning opportunities for children ages 0 to 6 living in South Africa.

Edtech and early childhood development (ECD) has the opportunity to leapfrog a child’s progress in education and unlock their full potential.

Selected applicants will be supported to pitch their solutions to the Innovation Edge Investment Committee at a Zoom meeting in March 2021.

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Everyday interactions between parents and their children present the perfect opportunities to build and strengthen a child’s ability to learn. Early language and literacy skills are developed through everyday moments – telling stories, reading books, having back and forth conversations (even before a child can speak) and playing together.

Many parents assume that learning begins when school does. They are not aware of the simple, but powerful learning opportunities that lie in their everyday interactions with their young child. Research has also found that low-income families have very little time available for these activities, and possess few resources such as children’s books or toys. Early learning interventions need to include well designed and contextually appropriate solutions to encourage responsive and interactive parenting.

In addition, many early childhood programmes often lack the resources and support they need to provide an accessible, quality and contextually relevant learning environment for children. We also know that the presence of a range of different learning materials in the classroom, as well as mentored and motivated practioners, leads to better child outcomes.

As access to technology grows rapidly throughout South Africa, edtech provides an opportunity to help leapfrog (harness innovation to rapidly accelerate progress) a child’s development in education – both at home and in centre-based learning programmes.

Successful ventures will each receive up to R1.3 million in funding, strategic coaching, customised venture building support and connections to social capital.

ALL applications need to be completed via the required Application Form.

Submission deadline: 31 October 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 08
Oct 08

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed grants opportunities that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Oct 11
Oct 11

Thanks, Ana.

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Oct 12
Oct 12

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