Philonoist

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Philonoist: Affordable Shared Knowledge Platform for All

Lagos, Nigeria
Year Founded:
2016
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Scaling strategies launched within the past 6 months:
Organizational Growth
Franchising, Licensing, Accreditation
Trainings, Consultation
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Philonoist platform, an e-learning platform allows students to learn and access needed I.T, soft skill and vocational trainings through an interactive bidding process which allows tutors earn by sharing their skills with someone interested in them

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if your idle time could be used teach someone a new skill.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Nigeria is faced with the problems of unemployment and education. With a total youth labour force of 38.2 million, about 15.2 million (42.24%) are either unemployed or underemployed. It has also been pointed out that decient school curricula and poor teacher training have also contributed to the failure of educational institutions to provide students appropriate skills to make them employable.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

In simple terms we are transferring knowledge or skills from skilled persons to the unskilled person by using a structured online platform that connect people interested in learning a skill with those who have this skills. We believe that some people possesses skills that could be shared with others. Our solution oers a combination of ICT skills/curriculums, vocational, entrepreneurial and employability trainings, lifeskills in favor of knowledge sharing and harnessing skills students already have. this is done using a three step approach. • Inspire - them to pick up relevant skill • Learn – or educate them on the skills using our online courses • Connect – or network them with peers and other professionals

Awards

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Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Jade is a student in the university and an expert in web design while Jasmine is an high school student, they both reside in Ibadan. The Philonoist group came to Jasmine school to inspire young students to pick up relevant skills they might be interested in on platform. Luckily, she chooses to learn web designing. Jasmine then registers for our four weeks e-course on web design; she will be matched with an expert in the course who will have 4 physical class sessions with her. Jade and several experts who have registered on our platform and are nearest to her location are alerted and immediately invited to bid a price. However, Jasmine has selected Jade who has won the bid against several tutors to teach her at a competitive price.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

In 2017, we equipped 15 graduates’ students (National Youth Service Corps) with relevant skills in web designing, web analytics, content creation, Microsoft skills and business writing skills in Northern Nigeria. Some of whom have gone ahead to win a $5,000 grant for their startup. In June 2016, We conducted a pilot phases where high students were trained on web design and blogging skills students were encouraged and inspired 80 students to pick up skills in blogging and web design in two schools out of which 20 students were selected to continue with free online course and skill training phase for a 3weeks. We went ahead to attached tutors to this student who interacted once a week for the three weeks with them. At the end of our pilot, 12 students were able to complete the course and were given certificate of completion. 8 of this students have also shared their acquired knowledge.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

1. Frequently organize several Tutor – student’s physical meetups (1 or 2 days seminars, crash courses or workshops) geared towards inspiring and encouraging more interest and participation in relevant courses across various schools especially by talking to high school students on the class view and professional view of their specialty and why they should pick interest in developing such skills especially in collaboration with the school managements. 2. Create appropriate e-courses and trainings schedules for students while consistently embarking on awareness efforts
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

40% from internal sources, 20% from external investments, 20% from corporate partners and individual donors, 15% from grant sources and 5% from government. 1. During the process to inspire, students across various schools, the school management will pay honorarium for our services. 2. The process to Learn, we will integrate our charges into bided prices that are being charged to students by tutors by collecting a commission on every course taken

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The E-learning industry is still relatively new in the country, nonetheless there has been several attempt by different startups at creating e-learning platforms but they are met with high rate of failure. This is because many of this platforms have failed to equate operability & strong nancial sustainability plan. However, there are several startups that oer e learning concepts but majority of them are not affordable. An edge we possess over many is our operability &model that combines proximity learning and bidding concept to ensure competitive pricing amongst tutors affordable to student
Team

Founding Story

i had always had a thing for self development especially during my undergraduate days. I wanted to learn photoshop and web design but couldn't afford to pay the prices i was being charged to learn this skills. I needed to learn this so i looked to e-learning websites and youtube... This resources gave me lots of information taught all that i needed to know. However, i had questions, i needed practical examples and guidance. I looked to a mate who is an expert in web design, arranged a few meetings in our leisure time and paid token for guidance in other to match what i had learnt online with some hands on practicals. That was the start... I pitched the idea to my team and from there we started working on building a solution - philonoist

Team

Our team and advisory board include a diverse mix of experienced and skilled individuals who are expertise and qualied ICT and tech-preneurs, business strategy developers, educational researchers with degrees in education, marketing experts and social entrepreneurs with a passion for improving learning processes through shared learning. Omitogun Abolaji the project director is a business developer and social entrepreneur.