What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)
Access to technology, Access to education/training, Access to economic opportunity.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
With a focus ONLY on the pilot application of technology training for this sector todate - we have administered ~14 courses across Israel - for a total of approximately 200 women. Over 30% of those women have been able to find employment with the skills they acquired. In addition many of the women continued on to more advanced training and many of those who were working in dead-end jobs used the skills they acquired to find better positions. Last, but certainly not least, each course generated an outpouring of requests from women in similar disadvantaged positons for access to courses, creating a ripple effect of change within the community.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
We would like to access at-least 8 communities a year - impacting at least a additional 200 women each year. Or at least 600 women over the next three years. By bringing technology to these communities we hope to generate a wider interest in technology and its use as a tool for empowerment and economic opportunity. We hope that additional communities will become interested in this project and solicit the interest of local and federal government in the project as well.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Location - finding the right spot to position the mobile classroom in each community ensuring a quality, learning-conductive atmosphere that is accessable and welcoming to the target community. We will partner with local schools, government branches and community centers to enable as well as use existing infastructure Temech has access to.
Technology phobias - Many women, especially in the over 25 group have accepted that they are "too old" to access technology and are fearful of the impact it may have on their lives and or religious restrictions. As explained, Temech has the full support and trust of community leaders enable us to build a program that addresses and overcomes these fears.
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Set up and launch mobile classroom in first 3 communities
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Bring the mobile classroom to 8 communities impacting the lives of 200 women