Are you aware of the impact you can have through O-lab in vulnerable communities?

Did you know that for every license you buy of our application and customizable platform O-lab we contribute together to a great social cause? Yes, because for us, at O-lab app this means scaling up our projects worldwide and making a bigger sustainable impact together. With our revenues we give to local actors, such as schools, local youth-led civil society organizations, or NGOs working in under-resourced communities, access to inclusive, quality digital education, technical equipment, and capacity building training. 

In this article, we tell you how we organize the end-of-projects educational fairs that we sustain thanks to your support. This episode is about the event we held in La Guajira, Colombia, exposing the results of beneficiaries and young students who use O-lab and create projects to solve social or economic problems in their communities. The fair brought together beneficiaries, sponsors, partners and trainers.

Final Education Fair

May 23 & 24, La Guajira, Colombia. 

Our ethno education and entrepreneurship center is set to host the final fair that will conclude one of our most important and significant projects that has involved around 2500 children and young students in our project over the past year and a half.  

The young beneficiaries of this project, mainly from local public schools, youth-led organizations or simply young people who did not have the resources to enroll in schools or vocational training, took part in our digital education inclusion project. All of the children come from difficult and under-resourced backgrounds from different areas of La Guajira, one of the most complex regions in Colombia, where less than 30% of children complete school due to a severe institutional absence and serious connectivity problems.

The project: barriers-free digital education with O-lab

During the project the children, aged approximately 5 to 15 years, had access to barriers-free digital courses in complementary education, STEAM, basic knowledge of entrepreneurship, and aimed at raising awareness on issues of gender inclusivity and descrimination. The courses were co-created with our local partners via our customisable app, O-lab. Although the application can also be accessed offline, thanks to your support, we distributed numerous tablets to our local partners in order to expand the penetration of digital education and ensure that the lessons were conducted properly. 

Our students were led through the learning process by virtual tutors, who mimic the physical and emotional traits of the young beneficiaries and transmit adapted course content to the native language, in this case Wayuu and Spanish. The young people learned through different interactive and dynamic formats: video, audio, illustrative images, interactive content, multiple-choice tests or open-ended questions, and gamified learning paths.

Exposing the lessons learned: a look into the future

The O-lab fair marks the conclusion of the project and serves as an auspicious occasion to spur our students to make concrete use of the skills and knowledge learnt with O-lab and attract new young people to take part in our workshops. 

During this event, the young boys and girls had the opportunity to showcase the digital, soft, educational and our-century skills they learnt during the courses created on our app, O-lab. In addition, the students had the opportunity to present the group projects they developed under the guidance of O-lab aimed at finding solutions for their communities and developing vocational skills to approach a professional future that more closely reflects their interests and needs. Among those present were our local partners, teachers, community leaders, project sponsors and the students’ families. Tania Rosas, CEO and cofounder of Origin Learning Fund, and Marcos Barros, community coordinator and field-base project manager, have used our application together with the beneficiaries and discussed with them how projects conducted through O-lab and made possible by collaborating with can benefit the community socially or economically.

During our final O-lab fairs we hand out certificates to our young people noting their learning in a specific field; we always strive to involve companies or organizations that carry out sustainable and social projects in the areas where we operate; and we always aim to offer a limited number of scholarships for students who have excelled with innovative projects for their communities led by O-lab. 

Thanks to your continued support of O-lab these events can take shape and be a fruitful meeting point between corporations, young people and local actors. 

Follow us to find out how our next O-lab fairs will unfold, the next episode will take place in Nigeria!

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