empowermefirst.college - we educate

We make higher education accessible - against all odds!

As globalization and rapid advancements in technology continue to transform civic space and the world of work, education systems have grown increasingly disconnected from the realities and needs of global economies and societies. Education models must adapt to equip children with the skills to create a more inclusive, cohesive and productive world.” WEForum

 

empowermefirst.college is a charity based in Switzerland. We make education accessible to anyone regardless of gender, background, belief, physical mobility, lifestyle, social or financial status. We use and teach the skills for the technology of today, the technology you have, the technology you need for the future.

We are currently trying out our learning units. Enrolment for September ’22 starts in late spring ’22 for Uganda and Zimbabwe. If you come from a vulnerable background and cannot access formal education due to financial constraints, work commitment, pregnancy or motherhood, please contact our charters in the respective countries. We focus on school dropouts. Our services are not available to students who are currently enrolled in a school or have access to formal education.

what we do - Our goals and methods

What we do and how we educate

We are accessible, student-driven and project-oriented

empowermefirst.college is accessible to anyone regardless of gender, background, belief, physical mobility, social or financial status. It is setup as a charity and fees are kept affordable. Students who study for free in return for time (finding other students or peer-to-peer tutoring) and can apply for scholarships. The teaching units are online, the students have regular access to tutors, who act as coaches, and are encouraged to collaborate with other students globally via a forum and within their study groups. The teaching units can be used offline to save data.

We use student-driven learning methods. The material relates to the student’s reality, allows for cross-linked thinking and covers local and global issues, such as climate change, sustainability, health, digitalization,
equality, human rights.

Some projects are cross-linked between units and interdisciplinary. Tutors coach students to develop their own projects and become independent thinkers.

We also mentor students with ideas for innovations, in entrepreneurship and career planning.

empowermefirst.college can be used by students independent of time and place. They are be coached by international and local online tutors. Alternatively, we undergo create partnerships with local schools for content, labs and study centers.

The curriculum and syllabi are based on local and international standards to ensure students can access local universities.

To make it  completely accessible – everywhere and anytime – students find their learning units online, but they can always ask and work with other students via our network and ask teachers questions.

— Upper secondary and beyond

empowermefirst.college starts with providing education at upper secondary (high school, grammar school) level, because in many countries the first 9 years of school are compulsory, while most school dropouts are happening after year 9.
Students can apply with their secondary school grades, a teacher’s recommendation and there will be a placement test.

At a later stage there will be a support courses, in which students, who only have intermittent secondary school knowledge, can fill the gaps. Lower secondary and middle school courses can be included by demand and in cooperation with local schools.

— Regions, languages and courses

Its main language is English and we start in sub-Saharan and Eastern Africa. Our first countries are Uganda and Zimbabwe, followed by their neighboring countries. Later, we will move to other regions of emerging and developing countries and include further main languages.

We also plan to include vocational courses in addition to the basic academic courses, especially in ICT and administration. For this, we will work with companies that already offer apprenticeships, on the job training for internships.

— Teacher training and excellence

We strive for excellence and offer our students the best learning environment – at their own pace.

Student-driven, project-based learning methods are very motivating, as their allow students to develop creative, innovative approaches to learning, problem-solving and research and to work at their own pace. It allows tutors to cater to different levels, talents and skills in their student body. Yet, it is demanding in many other ways, as they need to be guides and coaches and give individual help. We train and coach teachers in this process.

quick facts (for students)

— Online

Our teaching units are online. All you need are a mobile phone, pen and paper.

You can work at your own pace, but you’re never alone. You will be doing projects with other students, locally and globally via our network.

If you don’t have wifi and want to save data, just download the offline versions.

— Hours

You can work, whenever and whereever you want – at your own pace.

Yet you’re never alone. If you have questions, ask tutors and other students in the forum, write a note to a tutor or take part in our regular teaching and question sessions.

 

— Structure

  1. You get an introductory video with explanations with a downloadable script.
  2. Theory, examples and study tasks with links to further reading.
  3. Exercises with feedback on why an answer was incorrect and what to study again.
  4. Project work with grades and feedback from tutor.

— Tutors

Our tutors are not instructors or lecturers, they are your partners, guides and coaches, helping you to understand a topic and how it relates to your environment.

— Material

Our learning material relates to your reality, covers global issues and you do interdisciplinary projects. You learn on your phone and with other students.

 

 

— Curriculum

We focus on STEM and you can choose from a number of subjects from a standard curriculum. We also offer vocational trainings in ICT.

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