What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
The employment of students as tutors may encounter the immediate barriers of gender expectations and traditional family dynamics. First, while we can account for cultural appropriateness by pairing tutors and students of the same gender, we will need to address the female predominance of the teaching profession. Paradoxically, while girls are less likely to receive an education than their brothers, female teachers outnumber male teachers. Men may be expected to pursue more labor-intensive jobs and male students may hesitate to apply to become a tutor. Secondly, we must address the possible disruption of family dynamics. Tutors may earn a substantial percentage of the family's income and may inadvertently add pressure on the parents to maintain authority. A more long-term limit to our social impact is the weak supporting infrastructure for teachers. The lack of advanced teacher training and insufficient salaries will limit the quality and number of teacher candidates. Future programs will supply advanced training and funds will supplant the government salaries.
Community participation with the Sanyu Center will be critical. We need the community to voice the need for the adult education center. Without the community initiation, the adults will not make the effort to attend classes. As a result, we will conduct survey and interviews to ensure the community’s desire for such a Center. In addition, we will seek the opinion and advice of religious and social leaders. These authorities have earned the trust of the community members and their support will determine our success.
Tell us about your partnerships
The partnerships we have created have greatly helped our process run smoothly and more efficiently. We believe it is through these partnerships that we can build important relationships that can benefit both parties, and as a result, have a greater social impact. Each partnership has been established as an improvement upon our process, allowing our ideas to grow.
Better World Books is a social business that serves as an online book marketplace that cycles revenues towards literacy programs and improvement. Their collection of books allows us to pull the appropriate and current reading materials that allow students to understand the subjects being taught, along with cutting down costs. As the partnership grows and we show success, funding will be given as well to continue our work.
Working with Vanderbilt University’s Peabody School of Education, TEDxNashville, Brown University’s Swearer Center, and our growing network of educators, we have received generous grants, educational collaboration, and support that will continue to build as their involvement with our project continues.
Dell has been involved with us since the beginning and has proven beneficial with business guidance and financial backing. As we transition into 501(c)(3) status, Dell is looking into donating refurbished computers that allow us to teach technology-based classes and access even more educational resources.
Explain your selections
Our project will be supported by a diverse set of entities. Family and friends supported the Teach Twice organization financially through our Kickstarter campaign, which fundraised over $7500. While they will be critical in helping to see the project off the ground they will eventually be moved into a more secondary role as the Sanyu Center gains operational traction. Similar to the backing that we will receive from friends and family, we will also seek the support of individual members of not only our own immediate community, but also those outside that wish to support a program that will have a direct impact on so many lives. Finally, we will also be supported by the members of the Sanyu Center who will pay a small tuition to attend classes and programs. The rational behind this is not to create a revenue stream from our members, but to simply require them to financially invest, giving them ownership over their newly acquired education. With this in place, members will be far more likely to continually attend classes and programs and further their education.
How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?
The Teach Twice social enterprise model emphasizes financial sustainability. Our model of selling culturally appropriate and educating children’s books for profit in the United States and around the world gives Teach Twice a steady and long-term revenue-generating stream. As a result, the Sanyu Center will receive consistent financial support and further expansion is possible.
The impact of the project will depend on participation in classes and programs. We will reach out through existing structures of authority to promote our program and recruit participants. New Vision is a widely-read newspaper that can spread news of our opportunity. The audiences of religious services are receptive to address social issues, as evidenced by a church-based HIV education program. As a result, we will seek the support of religious officials.
For our Educator Training programs, the students selected to become tutors will be nurtured to be concrete examples of the capacity and potential of students and of the improved economic status opened by education. We will need to ensure well-paying jobs for these tutors. We will create an optional, but well-paying teacher assistant position open for any graduated tutors. We will encourage tutors to pursue other professions, but will nurture an interest in teaching.