Jara provides emergency education to impoverished and disaster-affected communities around the world through the Jara Unit.
The Jara Unit is a personal handheld device that can be used anywhere, anytime, without requiring access to infrastructure. Jara empowers people to rebuild their communities and continue their education, despite their circumstance.
Jara aims to empower all individuals to attain quality education without losing cultural roots. "Jara," in fact, means "root" in the Nepali language; our primary focus is Nepal. The 2015 earthquake in Nepal displaced many citizens and schools were torn down.
Nepal is now a forgotten emergency, but it is still an emergency.
The 2015 earthquake in Nepal displaced millions of people, with over 1 million out of school kids. 8,242 community schools have been impacted, with 25,134 classrooms fully destroyed and another 22,097 partially damaged.
There are few schools that have been effectively rebuilt after the earthquake. Even with the schools rebuilt, it remains a challenge for children to attend, especially without plumbing systems near the schools.
How does it work?
The Jara Unit
We provide emergency education through the Jara Unit - the first low-cost education device that uses basic technology and does not require any pre-existing infrastructure. It contains pre-loaded educational content customized to each region of deployment.
People can learn anytime, anywhere. It is wireless, waterproof, dust-proof, durable, and consistently secure. In addition, it uses non-conventional, crank and solar, energy sources. Furthermore, the Jara Unit is contextually gamified in order to boost retention rate.
The key to designing for humanitarian relief: assume nothing. We work with local content partners and communities in order to empower people to rebuild their communities.
Types of Education
i.e. Math, Science, English, Nepali sourced from local and international educators, open source resources, and existing educational database.
How to build a plumbing system with the resources around you in Western Nepal, equipping our students with the skillset to develop businesses and take micro-loans.
How to deal with loss after natural disaster or displacement, what other resources are available, how to engage in your community, etc.
Awards & Nominations
Forbes Under 30 Change the World Competition
OpenIDEO Education in Emergencies
Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge
1st Runner Up
Global Social Venture Competition
Education in Emergencies Alliance
Katapult Future Fest
Under 30 Changemakers Summit
Burning Man - Burners Without Borders
Skoll World Forum
Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit
We’re proud of all we’ve accomplished so far:
Built prototypes: V.1 , V.2 , V.3
Designed and implemented research in remote parts of Nepal
Published research paper “Education and Learning in Nepal’s Under-Resourced and Remote Communities”
Tested V.3 prototype in Nepal
Acquired 6 years of Stanford Research proving teaching through devices effective
Partnership with Gorkha Foundation
Partnership with Nodle.io