Goals Presentation Blog
I am choosing to comment on Alyssa and Heidi’s presentation. I really liked that, instead of proposing a solution based on currently existing programs, they came up with something completely original (Project Unity, I believe). I think that using homes as schoolhouses is a pretty good idea, and would work towards improving education in general, and closing the gap between educated men and educated women. Using a home as a school will also better enable parent-child interaction on educational issues, which I have read has been proven to better education. I realize that this program would probably take some funding to get the teachers/mothers trained, but at least it would save money on buildings. Also, the main teacher was mentioned as someone who could, after training the mothers to teach, be available for tutoring and just to help out in general. I think that perhaps, additionally, this teacher could start to teach more advanced classes to the older children that have finished the schoolhouse program. I really like that this group focused on education to increase gender equality. Historically, gender equality in societies has generally improved as education has improved and become more widespread. I also liked that they rethought the programming of houses in relation to education. A lot of times, architecture is focused on new buildings, but rethinking existing ones is a usually interesting angle.