Using an online system similar to Skype, not for profit Voilà Learning is connecting teachers, parents, and high school students in Canada to kids in Africa and Haiti. Many felt that it wouldn’t be possible. But in April 2012, Hosni Zaouali, Director of Voilà Learning, traveled to Somalia and Haiti. What seemed madness at first has turned into a strong movement gathering and uniting people across Canada, Somalia and Haiti through education.
This coming school year, Voilà Learning is launching a wide campaign in partnership with many school boards across Canada. The aim is to raise awareness and promote this free online educational support between Canada and those 2 countries. High School students in Canada can now complete their community hours by helping a younger student in Africa and Haiti, or raise funds at their school for the cause. Teachers in Canada can also use their educational expertise to guide their high school students in this cultural exchange. Hosni, with Voilà Learning, hopes to offer help by engaging people to give time: ‘’when it comes to kids in Africa, we believe that giving time, even through the internet, is exactly what is needed.’’
Via Voilà Online Tutoring system, teachers, parents and high school students can now play an active role in helping one of many students in Somaliland and Haiti. This system provides not only academic support, but opens two-way doors to an exchange of culture and ideas.
An other important challenge in the project was that students usually don’t have computers. Voilà Learning set up a partnership with a Canadian manufacturer (DATAWIND) to provide $45 tablets to schools who would need it. These tablets will then be distributed to the students involved in this project. With this new partnerships, and thanks to your contribution (DONATE $45), hundreds of children in Somalia and Haiti will be receiving Online Educational Help.
Students in Canada can also choose to organize fundraisers at their school to finance the purchase and the mailing of these new cost effective tablets. Talk to your principal and contact Stacey or Hosni at 1(866) 900 0658 ext.3