JeepneED Magic School Bus for the Philippines

JeepneED Magic School Bus for the Philippines

Philippines
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

JeepneED’s mission is to be an effective mobile science and tech lab where there is none.Each jeep provides internet connectivity, netbooks, printer, scanner and
photocopier, supplementary projection devices, microscopes, basic science materials, and
a database of hands-on activities.

JeepneED uses a franchise model where local government units and non-profits can
purchase a jeep with all of its tested technology, curriculum, systems, brand and other
intellectual property for an initial fee of $6,500, half the cost of a Department of
Education classroom, and an annual franchise fee of $2,000, $1 per
student.

This model allows for local ownership and tailoring to context while achieving the goal of
delivering low-cost, quality, and relevant education to all.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

We have not yet piloted. Our jeep is currently in the shop for tech and electric installation. The following communities are interested in having JeepneED serve their schools: Mataas na Kahoy via Center for Conservation of the Tall Lake, Kalibo, Aklan via Center for Blended Learning, Dumarao, Capiz via Advancement for Rural Kids Inc., and Sarangani Province.

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

JeepneED makes a different kind of jeepney, one that delivers educational resources to schools that do not have them and it runs on used vegetable oil! By using a popular form of local transportation/cultural symbol, it pushes people to redesign and redefine their world. It encourages creativity, and social and environmental responsibility. Two models of mobile labs exist in the country, the donor-dependent and privately-owned labs. The former runs out of money/grants. My province has one that fell into disrepair because there wasn't any money for repairs. The latter comes into a community once a year and charges the same amount JeepneED will be charging for its services. Other non-profits bring educational resources to underserved communities but employ the drag and drop method, dropping computers in without any training or support. JeepneED is sustainable as a franchise requiring local government units/non-profits to charge $1-2.5 per student/year, has training and support (3-6 month training period and weekly check-ins, workshops, professional development for teachers), and it is lasting. It will serve at least 10 public schools, approximately 2,000 students and their teachers for as long as the community of schools need it.
Impact: How does it Work

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

JeepneED serves as an engaging outdoor learning lab. This puts a classroom in any drivable location. It also provides trained facilitators, and teacher support in order to integrate HANDS-ON and RELEVANT activities and program offerings consistently in schools. This is built to enhance and enable existing science classes and teacher potential, NOT to replace them.
About You
Organization:
JeepneED Incorporated
About You
First Name

Erika

Last Name

Pineda

About Your Organization
Organization Name

JeepneED Incorporated

Organization Country

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Country where this project is creating social impact

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How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Innovation
What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Shaina received a grant to research resilience in children who grew up below the poverty line in the Philippines but still made it to college. She found that simple changes can affect student's trajectory over time. She brainstormed with Erika who was building her knowledge in MFIs, Fair Trade and responsible giving. Their first idea was a photocopy machine with a garden on the roof which was crossed off because it did not get to the core of the issues in school. Several iterations were submitted to grants and competitions when they decided to crowdfund it themselves through Kisckstarter.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

So far, we've been successful in raising the money to build our pilot jeep. We raised $9,420 on Kickstarter, were the official beneficiaries for Twestival Local 2011, won second place in the Fordham Business Plan Competition, and received our first corporate sponsorship at $4,500.

We will measure impact by:
• Meets each class once a week:
Consistency = Mastery

• Uses an integrated grading system after each class, which gauges student capacity
to apply information learned. Outside of test scores, this is meant to measure
critical thinking and creativity in order to present a more complete understanding
of student development.

• Tracks 20% of graduates in the next 10 years. JeepneED’s commitment to
sustainability requires that we track students across time. How does education
transfer into the real world? We are committed to finding out.

• Hands on Teacher Training: Before school begins, teachers will execute almost
every activity available on the JeepNeed. From using a junk box of scrap parts
to build rockets, to using online games, using free simulations, building science
blogs, editing Wiki Pages and building their own games, and videos.

• JeepneED exceeds DepED standards by using hands-on and relevant project
based real world curriculum to fulfill level standards. JeepneED provides a
supplementary certificate during graduation for each student who has fulfilled its
program requirements.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

By year 3, we would have built 7 JeepneEDs, impacting at least 24,000 students and 165 teachers with the potential of impacting their families as well.

Sustainability
What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Revenue-generation: Collecting the annual participation fee from students may pose as a problem that is why we plan to partner with a local government unit or local non-profit who already have relationships with schools, their students, teachers, and parents. LGUs and NGOs also know the lay of the land, they will know what after school services the JeepneED can offer the rest of the community to subsidize student payment, pay for daily operations and/or expand JeepneED education programs although collecting $2.5 per student at 2000 students per jeep pays for driver's salary, internet connection, fuel, and the annual franchise fee already.

Tell us about your partnerships

Infrastructure
We're working with Chips Guevara of Alterenergy Inc. for our veggie oil engine and Alan Landa of the solar race car SIKAT for our electric.

Technology
Currently speaking to technologists to get tech at a discounted price and/or give tech as part of Corporate Social Responsibility programs.

Curriculum
We're building curriculum with the help of the Exploratorium in San Francisco, Curtis Gabrielson who made the entire Physics curriculum for East Timor, and professors from the University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, and University of Asia and The Pacific.

LGU/NGO
Local governments and non-profits have expressed interest in purchasing a JeepneED for their schools. We're currently looking at piloting the project with a community in Batangas, Capiz, Aklan or Sarangani.

Department of Education
Our project proposal has been sent to the Undersecretary of Projects and Programs and is currently being reviewed.

Fundraising
We are in partnership with Project Heal Manila, a New York-based non-profit that creates events to fundraise for startup non-profits who work with the youth in the Philippines.

Marketing
We have partnered with a Manila-based, privately owned marketing and PR firm who will help us plan and execute events including our launch in July/August.

Explain your selections

JeepneED has raised money through Kickstarter, gaining 164 backers from all over the world. We have received donations from family and friends, professors, student-led organizations and a sponsorship from the Mad Dogs Bike Club in Manila. We plan to partner with a local government unit or NGO for our pilot year, testing out curriculum, technology, training classroom teachers, developing metrics, building our curriculum database, and payment methods.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

Through a solid system of feedback and reevaluation. We will refine and expand the uses of the current design and mobilize our team of creative problem solving professionals in order to use the cheapest and most appropriate design for construction. We will also respond to feedback and data on the field in order to refine the curriculum, training, preparation and updates necessary to implement a responsive and reflective teaching practice. Systematizing both components will allow us to have greater potential for scale, and not just impact.

Challenges
Which barriers to employment does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.

PRIMARY

Lack of access to information and networks

SECONDARY

Lack of skills/training

TERTIARY

Underemployment

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

High drop out rates in public schools are caused by the lack of relevance of schooling to daily life. JeepneED makes school relevant, it implements curriculum that shows both vocational and academic links to the knowledge and makes it accessible to youth, allowing them to touch feel and understand what a green collar job will mean. This networks schools amongst themselves, rural public schools with top university expertise, and links the necessary training for a job after college with the academic know how they may need to take them to tertiary education. THis makes students both highly skilled, more employable and addresses the unemployment rates from the source, as rural communities usually trickle into Manila in search for jobs. (36% of unemployed youth are from rural areas)

Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
If yes, please check up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.

PRIMARY

Enhanced existing impact through addition of complementary services

SECONDARY

Influenced other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practices

TERTIARY

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

We want to expand to two more JeepneEDs in our second year and 4 more in our 3rd year. We will have at least 7 JeepneEDs by year 3, impacting approximately 24,000 students and their communities.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

Technology providers, NGOs/Nonprofits, For profit companies, Academia/universities.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

A technologist to help us create a multimedia database for our hands-on activities. Twestival has helped us raise money, Project Heal Manila will do the same. Universities will help us develop our curriculum and train teachers to use our curriculum and technology effectively. Department of Science and Technology has expressed interest in partnering with us to get their programs to rural areas. We're currently looking to get corporate sponsorships as seed capital for our pilot year. We have received one $4,500 sponsorship already.