It all began with an idea to unlock the life-changing power of modern
technology, something ignored or forgotten in many developed areas around
the world. Kinspire wanted to focus on using this technology in order to ensure
that every child has access to a well-rounded schooling. This was, of course,
easier said than done. One of the biggest challenges we faced in our initial
planning was the fact that in these underprivileged communities, education
was a luxury; simply proclaiming that education would be the solution was
far from enough.
There is a 49.9% pass rate for government schools, compared to a 82.0% pass rate for private schools.
The average teacher salary in private ... schools [is] only 42% of that in government schools.
Higher levels of parental education led to higher levels of optimistic educational aspirations.
We wanted to go beyond just providing materials; we wanted
to teach, to have a direct connection with these students. And so began our
Skype tutoring sessions: a platform that not only allowed for volunteers
from across the world to help out, but also create a bond with each and
every kid on the other side of the call. We established contact with
Gracious Paradise Orphanage in the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, and
their enthusiasm only fueled our passion.