One Million More
At Global Teacher we believe that access to good quality education is the catalyst to equip the dreamers, visionaries and problem solvers of tomorrow to change the world. Our immediate mission is to educate one million marginalised students across the globe through our unique off-grid and off-net education platform, Pod & Lumi.
Barriers To Education
There are many reasons why people do not get the quality education they deserve. Most donated education content is offered in the form of physical textbooks that are sometimes out of date or culturally inappropriate. Books are heavy and costly to ship. Delivery can take 6 months in transit. There is a better way – the Global Teacher way.
In warmer climates, physical books degrade much more quickly than they do in the UK, especially when being passed around and shared between several students and classes. The Pod system is specially designed with these kinds of challenging classroom environments in mind. Made from planet friendly PLA, Pod is designed to stand the test of time and empower students for years to come.
Transporting textbooks across the globe is primarily done by containership, with resources often taking several months to reach their final destination. What’s more, when they finally do arrive, teachers then have to devote time to lesson planning based on the contents of the textbook. Pod and Lumi drastically reduce the time taken to get educational resources to the areas that need it most with its light, air-travel friendly design. While Lumi’s plugin and go functionality makes lesson planning a breeze for teachers.
The distribution of textbooks to the developing world relies on a huge global supply chain of donation, transportation and distribution. Pod and Lumi are agile by design and the priority is always to get our educational resources to areas of need as quickly as possible. By keeping “eyes to the front,” our projector system can educate an entire class of students with just one piece of hardware, giving students access to world-leading educational content at the touch of a button.
Donating digital content opens up a new world of opportunity for those who need it most. Supplied on an SD card, digital content takes up a fraction of the physical space that textbooks do, and can be delivered really quickly.
In shipping and local use, books are subject to conditions that critically affect their lifespan. By comparison, SD Cards are not affected by the common temperature or humidity challenged that our mission entails. SD card based content simply lasts longer and entails a much lower carbon footprint when considering the materials and logistics.
The Right Content
Digital lessons can be updated and fine-tuned to cater for cultural needs. Books do not have the same flexibility. Content can be adjusted based on teacher and student feedback. Curricula can evolve with confidence driven by the local needs.
Proud To Be:
Made In Sunderland.
Sunderland is undergoing a revival. Global Teacher aims to give the City something it can be proud of, with Pod improving the lives of marginalised students on a global scale. We’re incredibly proud that we design and make Pod and Lumi right in the heart of Sunderland.
History In The Making
Based a stone’s throw away from “the greatest shipbuilding port in the world,” the Global Teacher team are proud to draw upon Sunderland’s ‘maker’ heritage by designing and building Pod in the heart of this great manufacturing City.
Non Profit Formed
Global Teacher strikes a chord because of the scale of the problem, the simplicity of their solution and focus and drive of their team. Having worked with them since 2021, I can’t emphasise the 3rd point enough. We’ve loved working with them. Having a breakthrough idea is one thing but it’s their great leadership and team purpose that will make it happen.
Design is about solving problems and making the human condition better. The Global Teacher program is a partnership among companies that believe access to education is inequitable, which can make it difficult for students to thrive and achieve their full potential. By working together, we can help to change the future for kids in underserved communities globally.
Access to education has direct impact on the future leaders of our world. By partnering with Global Teacher, we hope to promote equity, access and opportunity for students in underserved environments, so they all have a greater chance to learn and flourish in and out of school
Many congrats on developing such a useful and innovative product.
“Many congrats on developing such a useful and innovative product.”
“Design is about solving problems and making the human condition better. The Global Teacher program is a partnership among companies that believe access to education is inequitable, which can make it difficult for students to thrive and achieve their full potential. By working together, we can help to change the future for kids in underserved communities globally.”
Ben Watson, Herman Miller Brand President & Chief Product Officer, MillerKnoll.
“Access to education has direct impact on the future leaders of our world. By partnering with Global Teacher, we hope to promote equity, access and opportunity for students in underserved environments, so they all have a greater chance to learn and flourish in and out of school.”
Linda Brand, Executive Director of Herman Miller’s global giving program.
Thinking Digital Startup Winner 2022
The Thinking Digital Startup Competition is a yearly event whereby startups from all over the UK present their three minute pitch to a panel and audience. This year Global Teacher along with 11 other startups presented at the Sage in Gateshead.
Social Innovation Award Winner 2021
The North East Innovation Awards’ shortlist was made up of businesses taking part in the programme’s Innovation Showcase with winners announced in five key regional sectors. Global Teacher won the Social Innovation of the Year with the category partner: Karbon Homes.
Christine Paxton, assistant director business development and Communications at Karbon Homes, said: “Global Teacher has developed a truly unique platform and product in the POD projector. The project has a strong social purpose and the potential to transform the lives of many millions of marginalised people world-wide by delivering vital and impactful education resources without the need for complex infrastructure.”
The Innovation Programme is designed to help SME’s realise their potential for innovation by providing 40% funding of a project up to £40,000. Not forgetting the independent advice and guidance, access to industry experts and suppliers and links to other support agencies.
European Youth Award Shortlist 2020
The European Youth Award is EYA’s flagship initiative. It is a European-wide contest to motivate young people, social entrepreneurs, and start-ups to produce digital projects having an impact on society. It demonstrates their potential to create innovative solutions with Internet and Mobile technology addressing the goals defined by the Council of Europe and Europe 2020 as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Office Space Funding & Business Support
After incorporating My Cloud Coach as a Community Interest Company on 19/02/19, the decision was made to pitch at the Enterprise Place, a start-up hot desking space, where members have access to funding and business support. After successfully pitching, we are now based in the Enterprise Place on the Sunderland University, City Campus.
Wearmouth Colliery Development Trust
Through the vision of WCDT members the legacy will enable funds to be reinvested and continue the excellent work that the trust cared about, additionally, providing opportunities for organisations to engage and actively contribute in their communities locally.
Ideas Prize Winner 2018
Acting as the initial catalyst to the formation of My Cloud Coach CIC, the IDEAS Prize is a north-east UK business competition ran by the If We Can You Can Challenge and the team at FIRST Network. Our concept won the IDEAS Prize category in November 2018, which is for start-up concepts that are yet to be incorporated.
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Operations & Fundraising