Frequently Asked Questions
Can I volunteer to teach or assist in a specific country within which Children of Tomorrow has a project?
Children of Tomorrow partners with nongovernmental organizations to enhance primary education through technology. Educating children - and in particular girls - can dramatically improve the socioeconomic conditions of their families and communities. We therefore concentrate our efforts in developing countries where impoverished children have limited or no access to scholastic development. Children of Tomorrow equips fully operating schools in these areas with hardware and software which boosts teaching and learning processes, thereby improving study efficiency and attendance levels.
This goal is in line with United Nations Millennium Development Goal 2 – to ensure primary schooling for every boy and girl by 2015.
When Tauheed Khan and Debra Ryan met at a squash club in New York City, they discovered that this sport wasn’t the only passion they had in common. They shared a dream: helping impoverished children in developing countries. Inspired by their own experiences and those of others – in particular that of ex-mountaineer Greg Mortenson who dedicated his life to educating children in Pakistan and Afghanistan (see his book Three Cups of Tea) – they agreed that education is the key to empowerment. Tauheed and Debra joined forces, and in 2008 created Children of Tomorrow.
With this organization, they are making their dreams come true, without ever losing sight of reality. Their research showed that ICT (Information and Communication Technology) could have a real impact on education in developing countries and with a pragmatic outlook, Tauheed and Debra chose new technologies as their means of supporting the educational process of impoverished children.
Children of Tomorrow reaches out to various NGOs which are already running schools in various parts of the world and establish their interest in Children of Tomorrow's products and services.
Children of Tomorrow seeks NGOs that have an outstanding record in the specific countries in which they operate. Either Tauheed and/or Debra spend time at project sites to establish the standards exercised by each organization.
Children of Tomorrow offers no cookie-cutter solutions because every culture, country, community and school is unique. In close collaboration with partner NGOs, Children of Tomorrow aims to provide the solution that best applies to each specific situation.
Training of teachers is paramount to the success of each school. This is something that Children of Tomorrow monitors closely when selecting partners.
Software developed by Children of Tomorrow is in the areas deemed most important by the schools, with a focus on English and Math. Children of Tomorrow will be expanding the subject list over time.
Education is the key to change in developing countries. Research has shown that technology has a significant and lasting effect on education. Interactive learning materials improve the quality of both teaching and learning.
With a relatively small investment, Children of Tomorrow can make a huge difference. For example, one class will use ten $100 laptops; so a $1000 investment will provide a huge boost to the learning skills of about 25 to 30 students. These children quickly become familiar with technology and the attendance level rises significantly with attrition levels dropping due specifically to the use of technology-enhanced lessons.
At Children of Tomorrow, overhead costs are kept to a minimum, with mostly volunteer staff, so that a significant portion of your donation goes directly to the students.
Anyone can donate to Children of Tomorrow by check, PayPal or Credit Card. Please see our 'Donate Now' button above. We appreciate any and all donations you may wish to offer to Children of Tomorrow. Thank you very much for your support.
Please see also School and Corporation contribution suggestions listed below.
It is very exciting for us to have your company support Children of Tomorrow. There are a few ways in which you can help.
1. Your company may have a list of non-profit organizations to which it donates. You could get Children of Tomorrow added to that list. Employees who would like to make a personal donation can often obtain matching contributions from the corporation.
2. If your corporation has a foundation, we would be thrilled if you could put us in touch with the people at your company who could approve Children of Tomorrow for funding. Many companies are interested in supporting the type of work that Children of Tomorrow provides.
3. A lot of people are doing a fantastic job of fundraising within their organizations, often in very creative ways. They organize an entertainment evening, a dinner, a games day for parents and children and many more exciting events. We would love to hear your ideas. If you decide to organize a fundraiser for a specific project, it is always possible to have a follow-up event where progress can be tracked and explained.
At Children of Tomorrow, we think that it is important for students to learn about their peers in developing countries. We will set up a special program in the future with useful tools for students to learn and pass on information about Children of Tomorrow. For the moment, we are happy to provide you with further information or photos for your school presentation or fundraising event, such as a bake sale, auction or charity run. We know that children love to get involved – it’s a great way to stimulate their creativity, compassion and commitment. In the process, they learn about the world.
At this time we are not in a position to take visitors to projects. As we become more established we hope to be able to fulfill this request and make it an important part of the work of Children of Tomorrow.
We would be thrilled to have you on board as a volunteer. There are many projects on an ongoing basis with which we could use help, such as fundraising.
Children of Tomorrow believes in the full involvement and support of the communities where it conducts its work. In each specific country the NGOs with whom we are engaged hire local people/teachers. Continuous and ongoing assistance is provided to ensure that the teachers become adept at working with their students. Children of Tomorrow works with each NGO to train the teachers to use the programs provided by Children of Tomorrow.
Therefore, at this time, Children of Tomorrow does not offer teaching or volunteer slots in any of its projects, but we are happy to have you on board as a volunteer in the US (Please see above “How can I volunteer to help within the United States”).
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Children of Tomorrow is involved with education projects of independent NGOs, especially in areas where state-funded education falls short. Children of Tomorrow does not have any political or religious roots, and is not connected to any religious or governmental organization.
Yes. Children of Tomorrow was legally formed in 2008 in New York City and is fully audited by the Internal Revenue Service.