UFA mobile proposals to UNESCO, UN, and governments around the world
UFA mobile proposals to UNESCO, UN, and governments around the world
– Dongchan Lee –
UFA mobile is an alternative path to reach the universal primary education without schools, teachers, or the normal ways to learn. It is an extremely efficient way to earn decent living after 4-5 years. Since the very large proption of students from the very poor countries may not have access to UPE at all, we believe that UFA mobile is a great alternative to transform our world by pulling them completely out of their extreme poverty and the innumeracy and illiteracy within 4 years. The potential human capital values of USL/UFA are designed to boost the economy of the participating countries by multiple times. In 15 years, most of the Sub-Saharan countries are expected to double their GDPs. After UFA mobile, however, their GDP may rise at least 3-5 times in 15 years. As the projects´ operations costs may heavily very depending on the countries, I will basically provide the rudimentary sketch version here.
NOTE: the scaled budgets for various under-developed or developing countries seem to be 3-15% of the normal annual governmental education budgets.
UFA mobile is a branch of USL which tries to bring the revolutionary alternative education methodology to brigng the rapid transformations in economy, education, and environment in the most efficient manner by ending the illiteracy and innumeracy, the extreme poverty, ineffective education platforms very fast, cheaply, and effectively, and thereby liberating the people around the globe from the unnecessary suffering to prosper for the better world.
USL/UFA mobile is an alternative educational platform supplementary or complementary to the UPE or EFA paradigms of UNESCO. For over 55 million poor students from (often remote) villages, especially there are many local language problems, the formal 6 years of primary school education for learning 10-15 subjects is a luxury. So it focuses exclusively on literacy and numeracy to uplift the poverty-plagued populations quickly.
The entire proposal is based on the various powerful success of the USL pilot studies (although so far exclusively tested on maths from the grade 2-11, tried for over 1,200 students from 8 schools) that students wind up learning 10-20-50 times faster than the normally expected speed with the results almost on par with those who spent 20-70 times longer to study the same math. For more details of the pilot results, please visit www.uslgoglobal.com
UFA mobile´s main focuses:
- No school, no regular teachers are needed.
- The entire learnings will be done in buses
- Each UFA mobile bus is solar powered and equipped with computers and internet.
- All learning will take mostly through internet and partially through intranet.
- first to end the extreme poverty much earlier than what UN is normally operating for
- then to make them earn over the average GDP per capita level of Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, etc.
- was designed as such to prepare UFA mobile students to survive, work and study at the same time (because UFA mobile need only 4 hours classes per week)
- 1. Each semester will be about 20-30% less than usual.
- 2. Students will attend UFA mobile classes only twice a week, each day only 2-2.5 hours.
- 3. It will focus only on Math, English, (and their local languages if needed) without science, social science, arts, etc.
- 4. Native languages to make indigenous people (communicate in their local language properly if needed),
- 5. learn sufficient basic English (as good English will bring higher chance for them to escape from the poverty)
- 6. will make them learn the basic math (as basic math skills are critical for the job performances)
- 7. If demands arise for other subjects, then the local authorities may handle the extra curricula, but this will be not part of the UFA operations.
Extremely important things that each government needs before running UFA mobile:
- each participating nations of UFA mobile should provide the proper diplomas or certificates at the end of this year because UFA mobile students´ average math and English proficiencies will be on par or substantially higher than the national averages although UFA students will spend much less time.
- There should be national tests online approved by the entire participating national governments, at the end of each year.
- The program will end after first 4-5 years (not 6 years) and UFA mobile alumni´s average performance will be equal or better than the regular students who graduate with the diplomas after 6 years.
- To justify this, there will be sufficient tests to assess the levels of UFA mobile program compared to the regular students from the year 1.
- The government should devise complementary classes (with the easy and affordable accesses) later on if the UFA mobile graduates wish to continue on for their secondary education. We don´t need to worry about this right now.
UFA mobile is specially great for (extremely) poor countries that have the following problems:
- Countries that don´t have enough budget for education
- Lacking school infrastructures
- Lacking teachers
- For the students from the very poor families and high illiteracy and innumeracy
- From regions where there are a lot of local languages and it is hard to communicate properly with the rest, which is very common in Sub-Saharan Africa, and various countries in South Asia.
- Since it will take decades for the goverments to educate the basic education to
The costs for the infrastructures of UFA mobile buses:
- About 10k usd may cost per bus which will operate for about 500 students
- About 1-2 Billion usd needed for about 50 million lost, out of 55-60 million poor students who cannot afford to attend primary schools
- About 0.3-1 Billions of usd needed for 100k used or mostly useless buses
- About 0.2-0.8 Billions of usd for the internet infrastructure may be needed, depending on the levels of UN collaborations
As the entire education will be done online, powered by solar panels, so the long term savings are..
- For 1 decade, 1-5 Billions usd of the electric bills will be saved.
- For 2 decades, 3-10 Billions of usd of the electric bills will be saved.
The total Budgets in 50 poorest countries, mostly located in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.:
- The total expenditure to build the UFA infrastructures in 1-3 years for 50 countries will be about 2-4 Billions of usd.
- The cost for each country in average will be 30-60 Million of usd to build (if you divide the above by 50 countries)
- All these money will be not lost because the saved electricity bill money after the first decade will be on par.
- Moreover, within 2 decades, the saved money by electricity will be 2-3 times the cost of building this.
Critical background information for UN UNESCO and various global governments (especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia)
In sub-Saharan Africa, where currently the 2/3 of the world’s extreme poverty haunts, people may economically escape their extreme poverty in 15 years with the current range of their growth rates.
- Its educational infrastructures such as schools and teacher, however, will have the severe shortages over the next 15 years and the newly born 50-80 million new children will have to suffer from the lack of access to the affordable, accessible, and easier education. (Most of the Sub-Saharan governments don´t have good solutions to this severe problems)
- Although sub Saharan Africa spends about 5% of their GDPs for education, 80% of the education expenditures go to the tertiary education. So the primary education gets more or less only 0.5% of the GDP although those who can’t even complete primary schools are 2/3 of the total student population. (Most of the Sub-Saharan governments don´t have good solutions either.)
At the governmental or the foreign aid levels, they simply will not be able to resolve these problems.
UFA mobile´s quick budget analysis/estimations:
1) For the Sub-Saharan primary school-age students who cannot attend schools
First, the infrastructure costs:
- The current Sub Sahaean African total GDP is about 1.5 Trillions of usd with the population of about 1 Billions, 5% of the 1.5 Trillions of usd is about 75 Bilions usd and 0.5% of the total education which is for the primary education expenditures are estimated to be about 7.5 Billions usd annually.
- If you divide 7.5 Billions by 35 poorest countries (in sub-Saharan Africa), say about the average 100 Million usd per each of these countries spend for their primary education.
- Problem: Yet the 2/3 of the primary students in Sub-Saharan countries do not have access to this money and governments are stuck as they have so far focused mostly on their mostly rich minority for the university education getting most subsidies.
- Out of the total UFA Mobile infrastructure costs of 50 millions of the sun-Saharan and South Asian students are 1.5-3 Billions. Sub-Saharan Africa has roughly the 2/3 of these students in extreme poverty in the remoter regions. So 2/3 of the total infrastructure costs may be 1-2 Billions usd (say 1.5 Billions usd) for sub-Saharan Africa.
- If we build these for about 35 poorest sub Saharan African countries over 2 years, then the average cost per country may be about 15 Million usd per year for 2 years.
- This 15 Million usd for each country in average is about 15% of their annual primary school costs, which can basically educate almost the entire poor students who miss out their studies.
- Although the MDG 2 and EFA focus on UN may reduce the number to haf in 15-20 years, UFA mobile will literally pull them out of the illiteracy and innumeracy of the basic education and thereby end extreme poverty within 5 years not halve in 15-20 years.
- The above cost for 1-2 Billion usd is only for the infrastructure cost and there will be much more costs for the content developments, etc. My current estimations indicate that the annual actual developmental and operational costs are 2-4 Billion usd annually once a few Billions usd were used to build the infrastructures.
- So, I believe that UFA Mobile operation costs (3-5 Billions of usd annually) need to be dealt by UN and UNESCO and their global networks to take care of its finance.
2) For the South Asian primary school-age students who cannot attend schools
The infrastructure costs and the non-infrastructure costs for the countries in South Asia will be about half of the costs written above: so, about 0.5-1 Billions of usd to build the infrastructure, and the extra 1-2 Billions of usd annually for the services.
Why the budget is still about 10 times cheaper than normal:
This 3-5 Billions of usd annually sound much, but they are much cheaper than the normal and not very functional education still.
Let me illustrate the point by focusing on the Sub-Saharan African countries for average.
Again, suppose that 5% of the the total Sub-Saharan African countries´ GDP of 1.5 Trillions of usd are distributed proportionally to primary shools, e.g. 2.5% of the 1.5 Trillions of usd. This should be close to 50 Billions of usd for primary education. If you divide this by about 150 millions for the age of primary schools, which is roughly about 350 usd per students. Now, 350 usd x 50 million students are roughly about 17.5 Billions of usd for these lost 50 millions students annually.
Furthermore, we all know that the 5% of the national GDPs in sub-Saharan countries or the similar estimations of the poorest South Asian countries where governments spend less budget for education are not high at all as the GDPs themselves are very low. Given that, the annual primary education cost of the 3-5 Billion of usd vs. still very low 17.5 Billons of usd imply that most likely this 3-5 Billions of usd operations are most likely at least 10 times cheaper than the normal school operations. At least for the budget of this for Guatemala, UFA mobile budget is 10-15 times cheaper than that of the regular primary school education budget.
Conclusion: As UFA will be a great alternative way to achieve the fundamental goals of UPE/EFA, we strongly urge the early participations of the UNESCO/UN, all the potentially interested governments from especially 50 poorest countries. Although this may work well in the economically mid-tier countries, e.g. Guatemala and most of Latin American countries. the potential benefits of USL/URF are staggeringly profound. So, currently, we are trying to prove the efficiency of USL for math or English (hopefully using the UNESCO aids) with the online various pilot projects and already submitted to UNESCO office in Guatemala.
To expedite the process, we try to invite the various NGOs, charity groups, and investors internationally. For this regards, we need to communicate with the headquarters and the regional offices of UNESCO and UN as early as possible. I hope that you are one of the earliest collaborators.