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The Demand for High-Quality Education
"From Pakistan to Ghana to the Philippines," writes Katelyn Donnelly about her travels around the world to research learning, "parents, students, and heads of state saw education and skill development as a critical gateway to a more prosperous life and a stronger economy."
"Large swaths of parents and students in the developing world," Katelyn writes, "have a tremendous demand for high-quality education and would choose to invest their scarce dollars in learning opportunities to provide for a better future for their families."
Katelyn is Managing Director of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund, or PALF. The fund invests in for-profit companies around the world to meet the demand for affordable education in developing communities.
Fueling Innovation in Learning Across the World
The priority of education for parents and students in Lahore or Nairobi or Johannesburg, of course, is generally the same priority of education for parents and students in Las Vegas, Nashville, or Jacksonville.
It follows, then, that learning and innovation generated by PALF-supported projects in the developing world can build and strengthen ANY educational system.
"Within these micro-communities and micro-geographies," Katelyn writes, "people will eventually be able to learn from other larger communities and together we’ll create a more global ecosystem of entrepreneurs and innovators that are learning from each other.”
The Need for Learning
Just prior to the launch of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund, Katelyn settled on a path to improve affordable learning during a research trip to Pakistan.
It was during that trip, she writes, when she "confronted the abysmal state of education that millions of children and parents face around the world":
Better Learning Outcomes
After this trip, Katelyn was able to convince Pearson to get involved.
She and others, she writes: "conceptualized a way for the world's largest education company to play a leading role in fueling innovation across the developing world—and therefore better learning outcomes."