NPR

Want Change In Education? Look Beyond The Usual Suspects (Like Finland)

New ideas for learning are found in the most unexpected places. Three new projects are helping them spread.
Source: Suharu Ogawa for NPR

In a tiny hamlet in Tanzania, children who have never been to school, and can't recognize a single letter in any language, are about to start learning basic math and reading. They'll do this with the help of a cutting-edge, artificially intelligent "tutor" who can hear what they are saying in Swahili and respond meaningfully.

In the slums of Bogota, Colombia, children play with special board games, dominoes and dice games that can teach them math and reading in a matter of months. Youth volunteers in the community help bring the games to younger children.

On the outskirts of Tokyo, a kindergarten is built more like a giant playground. There is a circular

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR8 min read
Does Facebook Need A Humanitarian Partner For Its New Digital Currency?
The aid group Mercy Corps believes that the new Libra currency could help funnel aid to the poor. But critics wonder why the charity has teamed up with a controversial company.
NPR2 min read
Beyoncé Enlists Hip-Hop A-List And Global Artists For 'The Lion King: The Gift'
The musical superstar continues to challenge herself while elevating global artists for an album inspired by the new remake of The Lion King, in theaters now.
NPR4 min readPolitics
Hoping For Improved U.S. Ties, Pakistan's Prime Minister Set To Visit White House
Tensions have beset the U.S.-Pakistan relationship for years. The planned July 22 meeting between President Trump and Imran Khan comes as the U.S. tries to finalize Afghanistan peace negotiations.