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MIT Solve: Call for Applications for Equitable Classrooms Challenge

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted May 9, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on June 15, 2021
MIT Solve: Equitable Classrooms Challenge poster
MIT Solve: Equitable Classrooms Challenge poster

MIT Solve is a marketplace for social impact innovation with a mission to solve world challenges.

The pandemic has upended entire education systems, with an estimated 1.5 billion primary and secondary learners’ (ages 5-18) education disrupted.

Some schools have shifted to distance learning, while others shut down completely. Many have had limited operations for months.

These disruptions exacerbate pre-existing education inequalities along wealth, gender, ethnicity, linguistic, and geographical lines. Primary and secondary school students have shown incredible resilience in the face of these challenges, yet if not addressed, unfinished learning could represent a $10 trillion loss in lifetime earnings.

Even before the Covid-19 crisis, learning environments—whether physical classrooms or remote and hybrid settings—were in need of significant reimagining to support young learners to develop the skills and competencies they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Proven interventions, including early career exploration and self-directed, experiential, and social-emotional learning show promise, but will need to be adapted and scaled to benefit the most underserved and to ensure equality of opportunity for all.

Utilize This Offer

The MIT Solve community is looking for technology-based solutions that ensure all primary and secondary school learners have access to quality, safe, and equitable learning environments.

To that end, Solve seeks solutions that:
a) Increase the engagement of learners in remote, hybrid, and physical environments, including strategies and tools for parental support, peer interaction, and guided independent work.
b) Enable access to quality learning experiences in low-connectivity settings—including imaginative play, collaborative projects, and hands-on experiments.
c) Ensure the physical safety and mental health of learners—for example, through tools for crisis support, reporting violence, and mitigating cyberbullying.
d) Support teachers to adapt their pedagogy, facilitate personalized instruction, and communicate with students and their families in remote and hybrid settings.

Anyone, anywhere around the world can submit a solution to Solve’s Global Challenges.

You can be an individual, a team, or an organization.
You can be an applicant from previous years or already part of the community.
If you have a solution, they hope you’ll apply.

Current and alumni Solver teams are allowed to apply to a new Global Challenge; however, the solution must be new and not the same solution that was previously selected by Solve.

Equitable Classrooms Challenge will award a US$10,000 grant funded by Solve.

Deadline to Submit a Solution:
June 16, 2021.

For more information, please visit

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
May 09
May 09

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests 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 Resources section!
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
May 10
May 10

Thanks, Ana.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
May 11
May 11


May 10
May 10

Merci pour cette opportunité, je m'y attelle maintenant.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
May 11
May 11

De rien.
Bon courage.