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Colony Hackathon Submission
Bringing people out of poverty by providing education to the people that today are unable to get it.
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Old description, see updated version below.
We want to provide education to the people that today are unable to get it.
We want to do this by launching a nonprofit Colony. Where students can apply for being paid for there education. Both payment and certifications/reputation will be on the blockchain. Paid students will start with a low "salary" that will grow as they progress through the programs. Hopefully, we will also find a way for students to be anonymous if they need it for protection (girls taking education in a place where it's not allowed, etc.).
When a student has finished the education, they have certificates/reputation on the blockchain to prove their education, and it should be possible for them to work remotely in a Colony or other decentralized organization.
Who will pay for this?
Some thoughts of how Colony can be used for this
I think this is definitely a viable idea, and a good use case for Colony. It's also wise that you're limiting the scope to math at the moment. It's a bit easier to quantify and grade fairly, in my experience (I'm a former teacher).
One way to get started might be to think about how you'd want to structure tasks and payouts. Would a task be for a specific assignment, or for a larger collection of assignments? Another bit of food for thought is how you might store certificates. It'd be relatively easy to put them as just standalone documents on IPFS, which would fit well with a task's specificationHash data.
A more pragmatic problem that I've thought about often is the 'on the ground' bit. How are the students going to manage their accounts and private keys? Should they, or would it be alright to extend lines of trust to a teacher or mentor nearby?
I have been thinking a little bit about this. This might not be as ambiguous as the first idea but seems more feasible for the hackathon.
Companies could offer a paid certified education in exchange the student will work for the company for an agreed upon amount of time after the education. The salary for the education and work will be decided upon in the initial contract.
This way the student will get certificates that later can be used to find other work.
The student will have an Ethereum address tied to the certificate and the agreed-upon work. So if the student completes the education and breaks the contract (dont do the work at the company), this will show up when the other company looks up the address credentials and work story. An education has little worth if the worker can't be trusted to do agreed work.
The Colony would, in this case, make money (for salaries, etc.) by that companies and educators would need to pay a percentage of their earnings/payment.
A third entity would be the educators offering courses for a price.
For this we would need:
This is not a perfect solution, but I think its a start and something that could be started during the hackathon (MVP).
Update: It should also be possible for a student to browse and buy/sign up for courses directly themselves.