What problem are you trying to solve?
Swedish students used to be regarded as some of the best in the world, but in the last decade we’ve seen a drastic decline in how well they perform. Perhaps most noted is the decline in the PISA rankings, especially in math. It points at a deeply rooted problem which will have long-term effects on the Swedish society and Sweden’s industrial competitiveness in the global world of today. Me myself have dealt with global recruiting and previously experienced Swedish candidates to have a competence advantage against many others, but today it feels more like something is missing. This is a negative trend that we need to do something about.
We have noticed that digital tools are not being used by the Swedish school system in a large enough scale, and it is especially lacking in math. This is troublesome because the luxury of having someone to help you with your studies, for example with your homework, is not something that everyone has. This is a recipe for creating a difference between those that can get help and support from home and those who can’t, something that we clearly see is damaging the Swedish school system.
How are you going to solve this?
The problem with digital tools and digital platforms are that they are very expensive, take a long time to build and are difficult to implement. Plainly it is an extra cost that the school system can’t afford. We are translating the existing Khan Academy to Swedish, focusing specifically on math, and are able to offer one of the best digital platforms without the cost and time of developing it. We want to provide everybody with a individual and free math coach that is able to guide you through your math education or improve your math skills. It is not just limited to students, the platform will be available and free to everyone forever. Khan Academy is an amazing platform that can help reduce the gaps in society and provides everyone with the the same opportunity.
What has SoPact helped you with?
I was forced out of my comfort zone to solve problems that I had been putting off. For example, I got the help I needed to move from being an organization of volunteers to a social organization with a long-term strategy. A lot of it has been about finding sponsors to make the organization financially sustainable.
Why did you become a social entrepreneur?
I have felt that me being labeled as “Swedish” is something that has opened doors for me, doors that would probably have been closed unless I had attended one of the renowned universities such as Harvard, MIT etc. I, of course, want that same thing for my children, that they get the same opportunities from the “Swedish”-label that I’ve gotten. That was how all of this started, that I wanted to give my own children something. I found Khan Academy, an already existing platform, and realized that I would be able to make a difference through it. In the beginning I was really unsure about me being the face for all of this, but there really was noone else. I quickly realized that it was simply too much material and work for me to do alone, which is how I started to look for volunteers and the organization was born.
What advice would you give other social entrepreneurs?
Don’t try to do everything on your own. Find people that share your vision of what you want to accomplish and get them to help you.
How can I as a reader engage in what you do?
If you have the opportunity to financially support us, or know people that would be interested in doing so, please contact us! We only need a few million SEK to have the platform ready for use. We also need help with translating things like the videos, assignments and projects. If you are good with administrative and communication stuff, like newsletters, spreading awareness and reaching people, we need you! Finally, we need help with creating a bigger interest among teachings and schools, so if you have any great ideas about how to do that, contact us!
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