The coronavirus pandemic has forced classroom learning online, making broad access to technology more critical than ever.
“COVID-19 is exposing inequities in our education system,” notes Sara Wroblewski ’13, founder and CEO of One Bead. “Students with access to technology can participate in online learning, while students without access are at risk of falling behind.”
To help bridge this gap, Wroblewski and One Bead are partnering with Higher Ground Boston to raise funds to bring necessary technology to an elementary school in Massachusetts.
Research shows that $1,000 provides one family with the technology and training they need to engage a child in online learning. Wroblewski’s campaign intends to launch a Tech-Equity Pilot with 15 families from the Ellis Elementary School in Roxbury, Mass., by raising $15,000.
The Tech-Equity Pilot website explains that a $120 donation provides a family with internet for a year, while $400 can be used to hire a technician to develop a sustainable technology solution.
“We’re starting with one school,” Wroblewski says, “but our goal is to use the data collected at Ellis Elementary to support a proposal that will impact every Boston Public School student.”
A media and society major with an minor in economics, Wroblewski was the inaugural winner of The Pitch with her idea for One Bead, a program designed to raise money for education in East Africa through the sale of recycled glass beads. The organization has since evolved from funding schools abroad to supporting youth leadership closer to home.
Kate Moreau ’18, One Bead’s senior program director, says it’s heartbreaking to not be able to connect with children in a classroom. “My hope is that this pilot program will inspire a broader conversation about the inequities in our education system,” she says.
To make a donation to One Bead and Higher Ground Boston’s Tech-Equity Pilot, click here.