WE DON'T DO DEVELOPMENT WORK.
We build development partnerships.
"Hello World is about involving communities in the process of designing, building and maintaining a Hello Hub."
Together we liaise with local communities and schools to incorporate Hello Hubs into schools. We also work with local teachers to ensure that educational programs embedded in Hello Hubs are integrated into teacher development training.
The close vicinity of the Hello Hubs to schools enables Hello World to study their impact on the children’s learning. It also allows us to work with teachers and other stakeholders to enhance their design and functionality.
Hello Hubs give children access to information on the Internet as well as through preloaded educational software like Edubuntu and the Khan Academy. The Hubs give them an opportunity to educate themselves, share their stories and play online with friends around the world - and to discover what it really means to be a global citizen. The Hello Hubs enable children to explore the world’s body of knowledge without limitation, only led by their natural curiosity and desire to learn. To maximise the impact of Hello Hubs on children’s education, Projects For All works with local partners who already have a presence in the region.
Hello World is not an ordinary development project; it is a development partnership between Projects For All and communities in remote and marginalised regions. The partnership entails working together to plan, build and manage a Hello Hub. It also ensures that all members of each community have equal access to it, children and adults, women and men. Projects For All provides technical training to community members so they can maintain and repair their Hello Hubs. Projects For All also ensures that selected community members are trained to teach others in the community on how to make best use of the Hello Hubs for connectivity, education and business.
The ultimate goal for the communities is to take ownership of the functioning of their Hello Hubs. Their investment and engagement in the project ensures long term success, safety and sustainability of the project.
Hello World only partners with communities it has been invited to, and where the need for educational resources and connectivity has been clearly established. We work with local organisations and community members to identify sites where a Hello Hub might be beneficial. We then recruit local community members to participate in the project. With enthusiastic local engagement we can be assured of success. As part of the process of building a Hello Hub, we ask community members to make an investment in terms of time, skills, material or land.
The technology and methods around a Hello Hub are entirely open source. This encourages further learning among community members but also motivates the scaling up of the project to other communities who are in need of connectivity and access to education.
THE HELLO WORLD APPROACH
The approach of Project Hello World is rather unique in the development world. It promotes ownership, openness and opportunities to grow for all members of the community, as well as long-term sustainability.
We listen to the needs of the communities in order to best utilise tools, resources and training so that we can address core problems and build long-term sustainability.
We have designed Hello World to be open source. This ensures the project is easily replicable and available to individuals and communities around the world.
We trust communities to take ownership of the project and the Hello Hub. Community involvement is encouraged from the onset of the project until its completion—and beyond.