The Global Education and Skills Forum competition will be held next month in Dubai, where 30 finalist from around the world have been selected to present their startups which recognise the innovative use of technology and the impact on education in low-income and emerging economies.
A South African startup, Zelda, has been selected as one of the 30 finalist for the competition, this startup is a mobile platform which provides free career guidance to high school students and advice on securing tertiary education funding.
“The power to change education systems at all levels no longer lies exclusively in the hands of the political and business elite through the traditional models of global policymaking,” the founder of the competition, Sunny Varkey told IOL News.
This event will host over 1 500 delegates to discuss solutions to the most pressing issues on education.
The top three finalist will each receive $25 000, while the winner will also take home the Next Billion prize trophy.
“The Next Billion prize was created to shine a light on those gifted entrepreneurs that are not only indigenous but also bold and persistent enough to bring forward the revolutionary ideas that are desperately needed to transform education in those parts of the world where there is limited access to high quality teaching,” added ceo of Tmrw Digital who run the competition, Vikas Pota.
[Source – IOL News]
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