Raise Your Text

TRANSPARENCY CHALLENGE; FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA

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PROVEN INTERVENTION TO BE DISTRIBUTED

Texting accountability and outreach platform. 

Learn more about the Transparency Challenge and how citizen reporting platforms can be used to hold government officials accountable and reduce corruption.

 

DISTRIBUTION MODEL INNOVATION

Raise Your Text plans to reduce teacher absenteeism for unauthorized absences while increasing educational data and teacher-parent engagement through an anonymous texting accountability and outreach platform. Using "dumb" and smart cell phones which are being increasingly used in the developing world, parents and students indicate teacher absenteeism anonymously by sending text messages to the Raise Your Text system, and teachers can engage with students and their families about classroom updates, events, and issues via messages communicated through the platform. Once data has been gathered and analyzed, data will be utilized by the Department of Education in partnership with Raise Your Text to either incentivize or take action against poor performing teachers. 

Raise Your Text has key connections with the local Department of Education, teachers, politicians to conduct a pilot with 20 schools and 100 teachers on the island of Pohnpei. After the pilot is complete, the service will be converted into a more formal software and service which will be marketed to local, state, and country departments of education with large problems in teacher absenteeism and teacher-parent engagement. 

 

PILOT AND SCALING GOALS

  • Monitor 100 classrooms during the pilot 

  • Monitor 2,000 classrooms by the end of year 1 

  • Engage 10,000 students and their family members in the platform during the pilot

  • Engage 200,000 students and family members in the platform by the end of year 1 

 

FOUNDING TEAM

Nick Canfield - Team Lead

Richard Clark - Partnership Manager

Joyceleen Panuel - Project Manager 

Prathima Appaji - Legal and Political Analyst