New Education Highway partners with community-based organizations (CBOs) to establish Free Learning Centers with access to the NEH Learning Interface. CBOs provide physical space for the center and volunteers while NEH provides the learning materials and computers. NEH trains the organization's staff to use the interface and provide assistance to students.
The NEH Learning Interface incorporates Open Educational Resources (OER), most in video format, that cover a wide range of topics including a standard k-12 curriculum, advanced math and science, political science, accounting, foreign languages, critical thinking, and test preparation. NEH is currently working to add topics requested by communities, such as leadership training and conflict resolution. The user-friendly interface works offline for those with limited or no internet access. While most of the learning materials are created by universities and produced for very advanced students, NEH curriculum writers create study guides for lectures and discussion questions in simplified English to make the information more accessible.
Though the centers are often used for individual and small group learning, some choose to use the computers and and interface to teach structured classes. Particularly in centers with a high volume of learners - such as the Phaung Daw Oo Monastic School, which currently serves more than 6,000 students - this can be the most efficient use of resources.
While NEH seeks to establish centers that serve disadvantaged groups (such as women, ethnic and religious minorities, youth, and people with disabilities), all Free Learning Centers are public and made available to the entire community.
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CEI approaches in actionDeliveryChains or Networks of schools/centersStudent supportSchool supportMath/numeracyEnglish languageLocal language/Mother tongue languageScience & engineering21st century skills (soft skills)Vocational/technical skillsInformation and Communications Technology (ICT)
Model details2012Not-for-profitComprehensive curriculumMath/numeracyEnglish languageLocal language/Mother tongue languageScience & engineering21st century skills (soft skills)Vocational/technical skillsInformation and Communications Technology (ICT)ActiveLong-term projectFree service or product10,000
BeneficiariesIndividuals with disabilitiesEthnic minoritiesReligious minoritiesOtherCommunities with limited or no internet access
TechnologyComputerInternetClassroom lesson deliveryEnrichment or remediation resourcesLearning materials for students
Each center, on average, serves between 50 and 1,000 learners.August, 2013
NEH has expanded its reach within one year to establish 12 Free Learning Centers in 3 regions of Burma.
Immediate growth will surround the Learning Interface as NEH works to make it available online for a larger user base, translate a number of materials into Burmese, and design assessments and provide certification to measure users' progress in different subject areas. NEH will connect with local employers to ensure that students are being tested on applicable skills. In addition to expanding the use of its interface, NEH hopes to connect coordinators from various centers to share best practices.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
NEH evaluates each of its centers every 6 months by looking at the frequency of the interface's use, how many people are using the interface, and what materials they are accessing. Each center e-mails sign-in sheets with this information to NEH on a bi-weekly basis. In the future, assessments on the interface will make it possible to track students' progress.No