A “Learn-to-Earn” protocol on Mande Network.
With the imminent metamorphosis to Web3 from Web2 and the situation of the world in general and conventional educational system in particular, the need for awarding an amount of freedom to learners is evident. By freedom to learners, we mean letting (and enabling) them to learn whatever interests them and then awarding them with incentives commensurate with their progress in their chosen path. Autonomy, synchronisation with industry needs and monetary rewards- these are the pillars of Decentralised Education.
Ideally, this should look like a virtual school. Today, the internet is teeming with things learners can choose to learn from, anything ranging from high school mathematics to rocketry to design. What is needed is a credible certification for the things they can learn on their own on the internet. Certification, or rather the issue of credibility of certification. can believably be solved with blockchain using SBTs, VCs and a network of human/institutional certification issuers. Additionally, on the “Learn-to-Earn” format, we are talking actual rewards. Someone getting paid to be a college topper can be touted as something previous generations never experienced. This can believably create a makeover of sorts of the current centralised education system. Another question which arises for “Learn-to-Earn” is — “Who will “pay” for all the learners?” Well, institutions pay the learners.
Potentially a challenge to the present education system and addressing the flaws which a centralised and generalised education system throws, Mande Network visualises building a learn-to-earn program specific to the industries which are in dire need of specialised talent, something which a conventional educational system does not address. For example, SpaceX creating a course for space enthusiasts and young budding space scientists enabling them to take specialised courses, by actually paying them, they can create a talent pool which can potentially benefit them in the long run. By enabling the learners to actually earn in the process, education ceases to be a privilege and specialised education ceases to be a luxury. Taking awareness about HIV for another example, if a foundation which is focused on spreading awareness creates a course targeting younger people in say Africa and incentivises them to learn through actually paying them, it can create a difference.
Mande Network envisions building a learn-to-earn program specific to the industries which are in dire need of specialised talent, something which a conventional educational system does not address.