In the Albalab system, young people from disadvantaged communities are helped to develop the necessary skills to create good and safe lives for themselves, while becoming role models that show the way to a new and brighter tomorrow for their communities.
All over the world, people at the bottom of the social hierarchy are struggling to acquire knowledge and skills. In developing countries, the public education system is often of poor quality. In the rich countries, the school system is highly theoretical and little adapted to the realities of the young people that would have needed it most.
The people in these marginalized communities succeed poorly in both the education system and thus in the working life, and often end up as permanent outsiders – on social security or in crime. This exclusion becomes self-reinforcing and ends up being what the sociologist Manuel Castells has termed “black hole of social exclusion” that will be hard to escape from for the next generation.
The Albalab model
Everyone knows that the solution to poverty and inequality lies primarily in education. But despite all the supposed improvements the education system, inequality continues to increase worldwide
Albalab’s contribution is to ignite the interest in learning and create a sense of mastery among marginalized youth through learning-oriented spare time activities. We show them how what they are taught at school can be used in specific projects that use state-of-the-art technology to improve the quality of life in the local community.
The young people who have graduated from the Albalab system become people who have learned to learn, who can use advanced technology to achieve their goals, and who have a social vision that enables them to participate in solving the great challenge of closing the gap between those who have and those who have not.
They have become influencers the world really needs.