Connecting offline learners to the world's knowledge
Open Educational Resources (OER) have revolutionized the way we learn by making a wealth of learning opportunities freely available to anyone with an internet connection. However, 4 billion people lack access to the internet and cannot use these resources. As a result, the knowledge gap is widening.
We ensure that anyone can access the best educational resources from the web anytime, anywhere, regardless of internet connection. We have created RACHEL, a Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning, which can deliver the best free educational content to offline communities:
Technology alone rarely solves a problem. We see technology as an enabler, which in the hands of a good teacher, can fundamentally change opportunities for youth worldwide. Our chapters exist to spread RACHEL, yes, but also, to develop training materials, local content, and best practices for other users to adopt RACHEL.
From January 2019 to November 2019 alone, we have shipped RACHEL-Plus to offline communities in 48 countries:
Autonomous Region of Bougainville
Burma / Myanmar
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Federated States of Micronesia
Papua New Guinea
You can always keep up with us through our forums or our newsletter. When we can, we try to give some of our more major updates and milestones here:
UPDATES FROM THE GLOBAL WORLD POSSIBLE TEAM AND PARTNERS
OUR FUNDING PARTNERS
We could never had made this happen without some individuals and groups who really believed in our mission. We take special pride in the donations which have allowed us to innovate, make mistakes, and grow. Thank you to these groups and individuals have taken outsized risks betting on our future with these landmark contributions:
Since 2013, Endless and Matt Dalio have given World Possible a future with their multi-year overhead funding contributions. We owe our existence to them and enjoy sharing a vision with our friends in the Endless Network.
Since 2019, Cisco Systems has supported World Possible's development of RACHEL, particularly, our new data collection tool, DataPost, which provides key data to stakeholders.
Since 2017, the Happel Foundation has joined us to launch World Possible Ghana and World Possible Tanzania. Alex Lanz from Happel has continued to act as a trusted advisor and mentor.
In 2018, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation generously awarded funding for our Grand Challenge Exploration application to create teacher training materials on RACHEL.
In 2018, the Library of Congress awarded us a David Rubenstein best practices cash award for Innovative Uses of Technology.
In 2018, in addition to their incredible content, WikiHow provided us ground breaking publicity and funding through their inclusion of World Possible as a featured nonprofit on every article viewed in March.
In 2018, a Rotary Global Grant led by Rotary clubs of Barillas, Chatham, Gig Harbor, Blenheim, Wallaceburg, and Woodside/Portola Valley allowed us to grow RACHEL to 50 additional schools in Guatemala
In 2014, Eben Upton, Jack Lang, and Philip Colligan of the Raspberry Pi Foundation helped us develop a real business plan for sustainability and followed it up with seed funding to meet a Dalio Foundation match.