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calendar 25 Mar 2019

Using tech to teach the world

Lesson learnt: how a UAE-based innovator aims to turn the world into a classroom

In today’s world, we can be quick to dismiss new technologies as distracting, unnecessary or an impediment to real human progress.

However, innovations can have the power to connect minds and simplify knowledge exchange in ways we never thought possible.

Thea Myhrvold, founder of TeachMeNow and an Expo Live Global Innovator, explained to an audience at the 2019 Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai how her platform has helped people worldwide access high-quality, low-cost learning.

During the panel session, which asked how politicians can accelerate the adoption of educational technology, Myhrvold detailed how the sector is making knowledge accessible to all, irrespective of physical location, and the crucial role it has to play in the developing world.

Based in the UAE, TeachMeNow comprises a database of more than 500 tutors and experts offering personalised learning and live collaboration via video chat. The diverse list of skills available includes everything from algebra and Arabic to creative writing and computer science.

Expo Live, Expo 2020 Dubai’s USD 100 million innovation and partnership programme, supports the project as part of its Innovation Impact Grant Programme. Grantees are awarded up to USD 100,000 each to help them develop novel solutions to social and environmental challenges facing humanity.

The Global Education and Skills Forum took place from 22 to 24 March at Atlantis, the Palm – welcoming delegates from across the world to discuss solutions relating to education, equity and employment.

On the panel alongside Myhrvold were Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Education Minister of Ghana, Dr Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage, and Susi Dattenberg-Doyle, founder of Africa-focused free learning website Right for Education.