Thursday, October 30, 2014

Early Education as Topic of $1 Million Hult Prize

Wonderful to hear that Bill Clinton has chosen 'Early Education' as a topic for the $1 Million Hult Prize. We've been reading a lot about the ASER reports and learning levels of kids in India and this prize will definitely be a motivation for those who want to improve learning in this space.

The international prize, named for Swedish billionaire Bertil Hult, goes to university students competing for a chance to launch their socially conscious business plan. Clinton is a "key partner" for the prize and is in charge of selecting the subject of the challenge each year. Last year, 11,000 teams submitted ideas for tackling health care in what they termed "urban slums." The year before that it was the global food crisis. Before that, energy poverty. You get the idea.

Prize administrators expect about 10,000 applicants to submit ideas for companies that would tackle the issue of early learning in impoverished urban areas around the world. After several rounds of competition, six teams will be named finalists, and one of them will win the 2015 Hult prize at the next Clinton Global Initiative conference.

"The challenge specifically asks teams to build sustainable and scalable social enterprises to address the early-childhood education gap in kids 0-6 years old," according to the Hult Prize website.

And in case some of our readers decide to take on this challenge and need content, we've got a lot of Creative Commons licensed content that you can use for free (with attribution of course). Get in touch with us if you want to use our content for this project (or any other awesome project) you are creating.

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