Upcoming campaign will raise funds, awareness and volunteers for educational model development
REDDING, CALIFORNIA, AUG. 26, 2015 – Research has shown that 250 million students around the world can’t read, write or count. One newly launched nonprofit organization, Zedbridge, is on a mission to change these statistics by drawing on experience over three decades at a school for underprivileged children in Kolkata, India, with funding help from a crowdfunding campaign beginning Oct. 1, 2015.
The upcoming crowdfunding campaign aims to raise awareness, funds and volunteers for the first phase in a planned two-year project. During the inital stage of Zedbridge’s mission, the organization will harness the help of education professionals to develop and implement an all-in-one, low-cost, effective educational model for students and teachers grades pre-K through 8th.
Rajiv Patnaik, the founder of Zedbridge, said he envisions an all-encompassing educational system that can be used by virtually anyone and includes all the components needed to successfully operate an elementary school. The “Zcloudschool” model will offer instruction, training and administrative support through a carefully researched structure.
The educational model combines a traditional teaching environment and a low-cost technology center to provide an innovative learning environment. The traditional teaching approach follows education standards and uses detailed lesson plans following best teaching methods. Classes are taught locally but are monitored and administered remotely. The low-cost technology center follows the Self Organized Learning Environment (SOLE). Classes are taught and monitored remotely through the Internet via live or recorded instruction.
For the past 2.5 years, the Zedbridge team has been testing parts of their model at HCS Elementary, a school that serves 270 underprivileged children in Kolkata, India, and was run by Patnaik and his father for a combined 30 years. The system has had a track record of demonstrated success that includes dramatic improvement in student grades and teacher morale.
Zedbridge is now ready to formulate and develop a complete package that can be tested at HCS Elementary and then be replicated at other schools. Currently, Zedbridge is targeting underprivileged schools and has more than 20 schools throughout India that have shown interest in the program.
The upcoming crowdfunding campaign will aim to raise $120,000. Zedbridge plans to use these funds towards its mission of creating opportunities for underprivileged students where no other comprehensive alternatives exist.
“We are fighting to transform education for the underprivileged to be the most powerful weapon that can change the world and not the chains that bind the poor in the cycle of poverty,” said Rajiv Patnaik.
“As our children head back to school today with their shiny new shoes and brand-name backpacks, let us not forget that 250 million students can’t read, write or count,” said Kelly Patnaik, the founder’s wife.
Zedbridge recently released a video (www.zedbridge.org/engage) that describes the problems faced by students and teachers and how Zedbridge provides solutions.
More information can be found at http://zedbridge.org/.
Zedbridge is a non-profit organization that aims to provide high quality education for underprivileged students around the world by offering under-resourced schools a pre-packaged, comprehensive elementary school program that includes everything from administrative support to instruction material and training. Zedbridge works with local communities and partner organizations to ensure that these teachers and schools have all the resources for them to be successful. Zedbridge serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
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