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The Assisting Entrepreneurial Schools web site has been prepared by Openworld, Inc. as resource for communities to explore new market-sensitive learning initiatives.  It intends to offer a forum for peer-to- peer exchanges by learning entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

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Openworld is offering 500 microscholarships in coming months to fund digital "work-study" projects by students at entrepreneurial schools for the poor to create video clips on opportunities for sustainability. The initiative is funded by recent grants from John C. Whitehead, former coChairman of Goldman Sachs, Jack Pearce, and the Explorers Foundation. Explore the new Seeds of Change challenge offer and apply for the Seeds of Change resources.

How to Contribute to AES

Openworld welcomes your help in assisting grassroots schools in impoverished communities.  

Supporters interested in making tax-deductible contributions to the Assisting Entrepreneurial Schools and "Seeds of Change" initiatives can do so through the Explorers Foundation
(tel: +1 303-744-1855).


"Partnering with global ICT firms and diaspora allies"*

Nandasiri Wanninayaka (Founder, Horizon Lanka Academy)

Nandasiri Wanninayaka ("Wanni") is an Ashoka Fellow who has earned world-wide recognition for entrepreneurial education iniatitives in rural areas plagued by unemployment, isolation, and fractured schools. Since 1997, when he launched a private school for the poor on an unpaid basis, he has helped hundreds of rural youth gain new language and ICT skills as preparation for entry into the global marketplace. Wanni found a way to bring modern technology to isolated communities, link villagers to outside networks through email, and use alternative education (with an emphasis on the English language) to foster teamwork, creativity and self-esteem amongst students. After student successes in initial Openworld-sponsored work-study research and other telework projects, he has recently helped launch an outsourcing venture that is aiming to employ 1,000 young people. Other new initiatives include launching a free English satellite TV station, and introducing eCommerce solutions for farmers to avoid middlemen and sell their products at market prices. Horizon Lanka Foundation's innovative methods have attracted international interest and the Sri Lankan government is encouraging replication of his model in many parts of the country.


*proposed focus for video interview