Tech entrepreneur Brendan Morrissey has developed a free, virtual, web-based classroom to help Ukrainian children enter Irish schools.
The Kilkenny-based investor has previously developed a similar app and network for children with dyslexia and ADHD, used by thousands of users around the world through the eSchools app.
He’s now urging big tech companies to come on board to power the Ukrainian school project, which has started recruiting its first users in recent days.
“We don’t need funding,” Morrissey said. “We give the platforms to students, schools, teachers and parents free of charge. What we need is hardware or corporate sponsors to provide hardware.
“If Microsoft, Google and Samsung are reading this, laptops, tablets and smartphones would be very useful to preload the Ukrainian school software for us to distribute to students and parents. I hope we can help in our own little way through education.”
Accessible via the free eSchools app, Ukraine School is available in 50 languages so kids can learn in Ukrainian and switch to English or Irish to connect with school and classmates.
Students are assigned their own secure class on the network alongside their teachers, who can then share project resources with the children and also assign homework or class-based assignments. Children also have access to class discussion and chat features through the app.
“Language seems to be the biggest obstacle. Here in Ireland children go to school without English. Ukrainian school means a child can work in their own language.
“We then help by managing their homework, activities, calendar, blogs, projects and class discussions. It allows them to connect with other Ukrainian students to start building their own safe community,” Morrissey said.
“It’s wonderful to see Ukrainian people on the platform and using it on a daily basis,” he said. “It’s hard to comprehend what has happened to them over the past few weeks.”
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