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Foundation Announces Plans for $10 Million Global Literacy X PRIZE

There are a number of posts on this blog about literacy.

Today’s is quite exciting!

“The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity…”

It was founded by Peter H. Diamandis.

In 2004 the Foundation gave $10 million to the developers of SpaceShipOne.

And, you can check out their other radical breakthrough prizes.

But, the chairman of the X Prize for Global Literacy is Nicholas Negroponte—who began the One Laptop per Child Program.

Here’s a quote from the man:

“A Global Literacy X PRIZE will reframe the education conversation that, to date, has been focused only on system (school) reform,” says Prof. Negroponte. “By changing the conversation from ‘how do we fix the system?’ to ‘how do we meet the unique needs of all individual learners?’ we begin a critical transformation. Insofar as literacy is the key to eliminating poverty, creating world peace, and saving the environment, a paradigm shift is urgently needed.”

The Foundation intends to “launch the competition before the end of 2013 and operate the competition through the end of 2015.”


“The purpose of this X PRIZE is to transform established beliefs about the timeline, nature, quality, and scalability of literacy solutions to serve the needs of over 60 million children who are not receiving primary education.”

Do you know a child who didn’t receive primary education?

Can you imagine the difficulties of a child growing up without such basic learning?

Well, there’s more:

You can become a “Visioneer

From the site:

“Once a committed group of 150 individuals are identified to participate in the campaign, this group will raise $1000 each and engage in the X PRIZE education and innovation community. After each of the amazing micro-funders achieves their goal they will be named as a Visioneer in The Race to End Global Illiteracy.”

And, the Education Week site says:

“This funding model represents a departure from past X PRIZES, which were funded—and branded—by individual corporations.”

Even The Brookings Institution mentions the X Prize in their article, Improving Education Governance and Financing: A Bigger Role for the Private Sector.

I just can’t imagine what my life would have been like if I’d not had literacy education………
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