Uplift Pattern Profile: Microscholarships

2011-08-24 08:00:04
Microscholarship Initiative Profile (in Narrative Fractal Format)
Subtitlemicrostipends for learning and skills certification
DescriptionMicroscholarships are extending the microfinance revolution to learning. As used in developing countries, Microscholarships typically entail small amounts of money-typically ranging from $5 to $50 - for students and jobseekers in acquire new skills and certifications. Read more here : http://is.gd/microscholarships
Quote"extending the microfinance revolution to learning"
Examples- Kyrgyzstan eCenters http://is.gd/KyrgyzMicroSchol

- Horizon Lanka Microscholarships http://microscholarships.org

- MamaMikes Kenya http://is.gd/KenyaMicroSchol

- English Access Microscholarships http://is.gd/EngAccessMicroSchol
When to use- when you want to fund tuition for students at entrepreneurial schools for the poor

- when you want to widen local or global access to eLearning and online certifications

- when you want to fund work-study "microprojects" that help learners gain experience, references, and track records (useful for entry into freelance marketplaces)

When not to use- when existing education solutions are satisfactory
1. ATTRACTOR - what makes this interestingThere is now an affordable, scalable, and self-funding way to spread skills for students and jobseekers
2. CHALLENGE(S) - tensions addressed1) Rapid changes in markets and technologies are making old skills obsolete

2) Traditional education systems are expensive and do not well prepare jobseekers for today's jobs markets
3. OPPORTUNITY - vision of achievable changeHundreds of millions of people worldwide will be able to more quickly gain useful skills, and stay current with changing market needs
4. STRATEGY - proposed steps to make the change1) Overview of strategy http://is.gd/seedsofchange

2) Substrategies
- (for students)
- (for donors) http://is.gd/charity
- (for public schools)
- (for alternative schools)
- (for governments)
5. TEST - what stakeholders think of steps- How can we be sure that microscholarships are being used for their intended purpose?

- How can we confirm their effectiveness?

- What systems exist to "crowdfund" microscholarships?

- Will donors be willing to offer microscholarships on a self-funding basis?

- Will communities be willing to convey land grants to endow local microscholarship funds, and adopt reforms to awaken their value?
- Will recipients of microscholarships agree to "pay forward" (with a small part of their increased earnings) to help others?
6. DECISION – next actionPOSITIVE

- I'm ready to apply for a microscholarship (links to be inserted by each)
- I'm ready to start planning a microscholarship intiative
- I'm ready to donate to an existing local or global microscholarship initiative
- I'm ready to help fill gaps in this Uplift Pattern


- I am not interested in Microscholarships


- I need to know more about microscholarships
Gaps to be filled for this patternHere are priority items to improve ....
Related uplift patternsMicroscholarships may relate to these other uplift patterns:

- http://is.gd/kidsown
- http://is.gd/altfunding
- http://is.gd/microsocietyschools
Potential allies & opponentsAllies of microscholarships are likely to include ....

Opponents of microscholarships are likely to include ....
Past usePast use
Current useCurrent use
Future use (links to prediction wagers)Future use (includes prediction wagers)
Pattern initiator (contact)Mark Frazier (@openworld) mfrazier at openworld dot com
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  • Mark - Couple of other things: 1. Do you think documenting regional challenges/differences as part of the pattern may make sense? What works and what doesn't in different countries? Perhaps this is a separate wiki page linked from here 2. The MamaMikes link to Kenya Microschools is not very informative in my view as compared to the other examples we have in there- Do we have a better link?
    Posted 2011-08-24 09:13:20 by dineshtantri
  • Mark - For the "when not to use?" section do you think we should have a funding related description as opposed to a mention to "education solution"? I think if there are existing models of funding that scales well to a cross-section of students, thats when we would not use it.Thoughts?
    Posted 2011-08-24 08:09:23 by dineshtantri

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