With children around the world stuck at home during the COVID-19 crisis and parents forced to become teachers themselves, Accelerated launched Parentsy in May 2020 to support parents who are home-schooling their children. Parentsy provides high-quality content in the form of flash-cards, voice notes and learning packs in a bandwidth friendly model to enable adoption at scale.
While there are resources available for curriculum based topics - there are hardly any resources available to help parents with the HOW of home-schooling rather than the "what" of homeschooling. Based on our survey of parents from various countries including Ethiopia, Israel, South Africa and India we understand that parents need significant support in managing their mental health and that of their children, setting up learning routines and schedules and even organizing space for an effective learning environment. These are the topics and areas we would like to cover in the coming weeks and months. Without this "enabling environment" any educational content will not be very effective. The pilot phase of this program has been launched in Ethiopia and has organically grown to support the learning of thousands of students around the country.
Parents in low-middle income countries have generally not been very engaged with their child's learning. We aim to change this. There is considerable research that shows that reading outcomes improve significantly when a family member helps a student at home with homework and other learning activities. In our user research, we have uncovered three major reasons why parents have been reluctant to engage with their child's learning at home:
- willingness/motivation and