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<p> 1. Parity to PowerVirtual Mentoring Environment Tackling Gender Parity in Developing Countries 2. Introduction &amp;Project Development Introduction to Parity to Power Requirements Gathering User Requirements UML Diagrams (Use Case) Functional Requirements Storyboarding Non Functional Requirements Similar Systems and Applications Architectural Diagram Feasibility Conclusion References 3. Introduction The primary aim of Parity to Power is toaddress the UN Millennium Goal 3: Promotegender equality and empower women. Parity to Power specifically aims to tacklegender disparity in primary educationthroughout developing countries. 4. The Problem In regions such as South and West Asia, theArab States, and sub-Saharan Africa, therewere only 80 girls (or less) starting primaryschool for every 100 boys (UNESCO, 2008). The numbers of qualified teachers inMozambique have not increased at the samepace as student enrolments. The ratiocurrently stands at 61:1 (UNFPA, 2005). 5. The Problem The findings of a study by the Pan-African ResearchAgenda (2009) found there are 812 male teacherscompared to just 367 female teachers working inMozambique. This suggests that the difference in the number of maleto female teachers potentially contributes to thegender gap in primary education. Therefore, an increase in the number of femaleteachers in Mozambique can potentially increase thenumber of female students in primary education. 6. The Solution Parity to Power will provide an electronicservice where female teachers in developingcountries can link up with female teachers indeveloped countries that are fully trained andqualified. This service will provide a combination ofVoice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and aVirtual Learning Environment (VLE). 7. The Solution Through the VLE, the fully trained teacher canshare standardised education programmes,lesson plans, assignments, training aids etc. tosupport the less qualified teacher. 8. User Requirements Educational Hardware Language Internet Experience Keyboard Skills 9. Use Case Diagram 10. Functional Requirements General Home About Register Terms and Conditions Login Select School Select Teacher Access Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) 11. Functional RequirementsVirtual Learning Environment (VLE) VideoChat Chat Mail Links e.g. Assignments, Activities Lessons e.g. Maths, History Calendar World Clock My Diary 12. Outline DiagramWelcome View VideoRegister Login Home Enter Username Registration InfoGetting Started Schools ContactFeedbackLog Out &amp; Password View FacebookFeedbackTerms &amp; ConditionsSearch Schools Contact Details VideoInformation Feedback Thanks forView MSNEmail system View Schoolsto system Registering Messenger Video Administrator AdministratorReg Info &amp; T&amp;CView Hotmail email Select Schoolstored in DatabaseVideoView VoIP Video Upload LessonsView VLE Video 13. StoryboardHome: view home page and videoAbout: displays information regardingthe service, its aims and benefits Select of f er assistance or looking f or assistanceRegister: Displays Terms and Conditions Register: Step 1 of 4 select teachertype 14. StoryboardRegister: Step 2 of 4 Register: Step 3 of 4Register: Step 4 of 4 Login 15. StoryboardSelect: pick a school Step 1Select: pick a teacher Step 2Select: choose teacher and view teacher profile 16. StoryboardLoading: Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Home: Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)Chat: Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) 17. Non Functional Requirements User Non Functional Requirements Usability Requirements Security and Privacy Requirements Performance Requirements Resource and Management Requirements Modification Requirements Error Handling Portability Availability 18. Similar ApplicationsTeachNet Irish Web based service Encourage teachers to create and publisheducational content for Internet Web 2.0 ready includes blogs and podcasts Fresh and clean layoutUseful functions RSS feeds regarding education Podcasts http://www.teachnet.ie/ Blog Learning without frontiers Lord David Puttnam Calendar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Iv0rOYHTIU Good use of metaphors and iconsPages Courses Microsoft Education (Stakeholder) News Disclaimer Accessibility would be useful in Parity to Power 19. Similar ApplicationsTeachers network American based non-profit organisation Run by teachers for teachers Layout cluttered and text heavyUseful functionsConnecting links to: Facebook Twitter View Video Check Out BlogPageshttp://teachersnetwork.org/index.htm Videos for teachers Lesson plans How to articles 20. Similar ApplicationsBuddy School Run by Sea Blue Media, LLC an American basedbusiness who provide Internet educationalmedia solutions Students and teachers meet up online Search engine facilitates connections betweenstudents and teachers Layout clear, but a bit clutteredUseful functions Clearly categorized into Student and Teacher Search tutor Subject categories ie Arts &amp; Crafts, Languages etc http://www.buddyschool.com/Pages Register very clear Find a teacher Schedule How does BuddySchool work Schedule - calendar Frequently asked questions 21. Other Similar Systems African Virtual University (AVU) Attempts to tackle gender mainstreaming in their educational programs by marketing their courses towards women. Fee paying. Does not encourage primary school girls. AVUTEP: Teacher Education Program. Parity.com Social networking pen pal system designed to further education and training in developing countries. Pen pal system designed to encourage young schoolgirls to continue their education. Imagine Cup (OBrien. G. &amp; Doyle. L. (2009). Parity. Paper presented at Imagine Cup) 22. Architectural DiagramVoIP: Voice over Internet ProtocolDatabase/Server: Informationentered by the users in duringthe register process will bestored for retrieval by the users.Communication: TeachersAdministrator: Thecommunicate and share throughadministrator will regulate,the cloud by VoIP, email,monitor and review theuploading and downloading files. system information. 23. Business Viability Costing: to host fully functioning pilotsystem 5,000 to 10,000 approximately Self sustaining eModerator ICT policies within developingcountries GOAL (2011)To provide enriching educationto societys most vulnerable people 24. Conclusion Targets for reducing gender gaps in developingcountries are likely to be achieved by 2015, aslong as special attention is given to girls and thereduction in gender imbalances in primaryeducation. The absence of female teachers means thatfemale students remain in a predominantly maleenvironment increasing feelings of insecuritywithin the female students. 25. Conclusion Parity to Power will promote positive femalerole models in education which will potentiallylead to an increase in the number of femalestudents attending primary education indeveloping countries. 26. ReferencesBloomsberg Businessweek. (2011). Internet Software and Services. Sea Blue Media, LLC. Retrieved from http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=80817Buddy School. (2011). Retrieved from http://teachersnetwork.org/index.htmOReilly, T. (2005). What is Web 2.0 . Design patterns and business models for the next generation of software. Retrieved http://oreilly.com/web2/archive/what-is-web-20.htmlTeachers Network. (2011). Retrieved from http://teachersnetwork.org/AboutUs/purpose.htmTeachNet. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.teachnet.ie/SitePages/home.aspxThe International Development and Research Centre (IDRC). (2010). IDRC in Mozambique. Retrieved from http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-8513-201-1-DO_TOPIC.htmlUNESCO (2008). Gender parity in education: Not there yet. Retrieved from http://www.uis.unesco.org/template/pdf/EducGeneral/UIS Factsheet_2008_No%201_EN.pdfUNFPA (2005). State of world population 2005. The promise of equality: gender equity, reproductive health &amp; the MDGs. Retrieved from http://unfpa.org/swp/2005/presskit/factsheets/fact gender.htm.United Nations. (2010). We can end poverty 2015: Millennium Development Goals. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/gend er.shtml.YouTube. (2011). Learning without frontiers Lord David Puttnam. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Iv0rOYHTIU</p>

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