Project Hello World, created by non-profit organisation Projects For All, is based on the belief that vulnerable communities across the world deserve connectivity, access to information and opportunities to learn. In remote and neglected parts of the world, Hello World mobilises communities to build solar-powered outdoor Internet kiosks to provide underprivileged children and adults the power to educate themselves, communicate with others and have a voice in the global community.
These “Hello Hubs” are preloaded with educational software such as Edubuntu and the Khan Academy, and equipped with state-of-the-art technology including high quality solar panels, satellite connectivity, rugged, waterproof touch-screen monitors with keyboards, camera and audio equipment, made of entirely off the shelf components. They are designed to withstand extreme weather and are energy autonomous, which means they can bring connectivity and education to some of the most isolated communities.
Projects for All prides itself in only partnering with communities it has been invited to and where the need for educational materials and connectivity has been clearly established. For each Hello Hub, Projects For All asks the community to make a matching investment of their time, skills and knowledge in order to build, manage, maintain and ensure long-term success, safety and sustainability of the Hello Hubs.
Project Hello World is not an ordinary development project, but a development partnership between Projects For All and communities. This partnership entails working together to plan, build and manage Hello Hubs and work with communities to ensure that all members have equal access to the Hello Hubs. Projects For All staff provide technical training to community members to maintain and repair Hello Hubs and ultimately take ownership of their long-term functionality.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
Project Hello World utilises a tracking system and methodology to gather and analyse social and technical data (summative and formative) to help the organisation understand and improve Hello Hubs to further advance users’ learning, as well as to integrate digital literacy in school curricula and learning. Project Hello World has partnered with SOLE Central to continue to enhance its monitoring and evaluation methodology. SOLE Central is the leading global hub for research and practice into self-organised learning environments (SOLEs) and will work with Project Hello World to structure more effective data practices to better understand the full taxonomy of learning at the Hello Hubs. The research will particularly focus on digital literacy, literacy progression, and integrated curricular learning. These focus areas highlight reading comprehension, fluency, and decoding while incorporating them into multi-subject activities in numeracy, the sciences, and the arts.
Given the success of the pilot project in Nigeria (built in 2013), Project Hello World replicated Hello Hubs in four communities in Uganda in 2015 and is on track to build additional hubs in 2016 and 2017. The program has plans to expand outside Africa and also into Refugee camps.