GLXi – Global Learning eXchange Initiative – is a new educational non-profit focused on providing technology-based solutions which deliver educational content to children in the developing world. GLXi provides the technology infrastructure and tool set that facilitates the free flow of educational content to developing countries. GLXi has launched its educational platform in four schools in Guatemala utilizing Kindle eReaders and iPad tablet computers.
“Schools in the developing world have fewer resources to educate children and are looking for tools and technology to help bring educational content to their classrooms,” said David Barford, Co-founder of GLXi. Teachers in Guatemala and other developing countries lack text books, reading books and basic tools. GLXi is working to fill that gap by providing a comprehensive reading program utilizing Kindle eReaders loaded with Spanish language children’s books. Students work in reading circles, learning to read and we are developing a reading culture which is mostly lacking in these countries. In addition to the reading content, GLXi is providing schools with video tutorials and educational games that can be used to augment classroom curriculum.
GLXi has launched trials with these programs in four different schools in Guatemala. The schools in Gualan, La Avenzada, Guatemala City and Santa Cruz are outfitted with devices and teachers are being trained by GLXi’s In-Country Coordinator, Jose Bonilla.
Jose is a graduate student at the University in Guatemala City and works with all of the schools and NGO’s that partner with GLXi. So far the results have been very encouraging as students are using the program. “The students are not afraid of the technology and quickly learn how to use the devices. I was sitting with children last week as they were reading Alice in Wonderland for the first time. It was wonderful watching them learn to read,” said Bonilla. “The math games are fun and teach them real math principles similar to what they are learning in the classroom. I am excited to see children learning to read and learn math through the GLXi programs.”
The World Economic Forum stated Guatemala has one of the worst educational systems in all of Central America. Less than one in every ten children will graduate from high school. Sixty-five percent of indigenous women in Guatemala lack basic literacy skills. GLXi is working to increase literacy and graduation rates one school at a time by bringing previously unavailable resources to Central America. By building the technology platform and connecting resources in the United States with teachers and children in developing countries we can make a difference.