Have you ever wonder what it is like, to live on the streets with no one to turn to? Can you imagine growing up with no education at all?
This is the life experienced by many young people around the world.
There are 263 million children and youth who do not have access to education globally. In my country, Indonesia, there are 20 millions working children and 7 million of them do not attend school.
I am Talitha, from Solve Education!.
We develop an educational game app to improve the livelihood disadvantaged young people in Indonesia by linking education and employment.
There is a brief background of myself: Growing up, I was a working child because my mum died when I was young and I had to take care of my younger brothers. I was almost denied access to secondary school because of money. So, I had to beg for money until one distant relative agreed to pay for my school tuition. Because of all these barriers, I really needed to push myself and work harder than everyone else, in order to get my high school diploma. I am also grateful to have the opportunity to study and earn my degree in the US, and the Uk.
This is Wina (not her real name), she is our user. She is 28 with a 11 year old daughter and do not have a high school diploma. Because of her family’s financial situation, she was married off when she was a teenager. And sadly Wina got divorce soon after having her first child, and is now working as a nanny as she had not received much education. Her dream is to get a decent job and get a high school diploma.
These are just an example of difficult conditions that Indonesian children need to face. I was lucky to meet that one person helping me with my tuition, Wina wasn’t. But luck is not the solution we are looking for. Luck will not help them. As an educated Indonesian, I feel obliged to do something to help.
With your help, we will be able to continue the development of our educational game app to help them get basic education and technical skills. Our app runs on low-end smartphones and intermittent internet, and is designed to engage students’ hunger for learning and prepare them for the workforce of the future. After students are equipped with the necessary skills needed for the marketplace, we will help them find an internship and employment opportunities through our online job portal, Solve Employment!.
We can’t do this alone. We need your help to make a difference.
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