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Edition: Second Edition

Challenge: Education


Paper Airplanes uses free, mobile-friendly video technology to meet the current gap in teen and adult education. The model relies on hundreds of volunteers and free technology to provide individualized instruction. Instructors are trained online and follow a four-tiered curriculum written by an educational specialist, ensuring quality and personalization for learners. The model has been able to reach learners who may be otherwise difficult to reach, including inside of Syria, in rural areas across the MENA region. Each program matches learners with personal instructors for 12-week sessions, providing instructor training and orientation, detailed curricula, and personalized guidance as the pairs meet for 2 hours each week. Once learners graduate, Paper Airplanes uses partnerships like Talent Beyond Boundaries and MIT ReACT to help provide employment and educational opportunities to its learners.

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