“Orphans are often treated as second class citizens and that creates a lasting impression on these young minds. Taking the same approach in education seemed counter intuitive, as our objective should be to empower them with the tools to get out of their current condition and become independent.” Neil DSouza
Teach A Class was started in 2010 when Neil Dsouza and Leila Al-Muthashib were planning their one-year sabbatical from Cisco Systems. Neil was thinking of spending a year in orphanages in Mongolia but without a specific project in mind.
Being a seasoned traveler, Neil had noticed that a lot of orphanages had computer labs but no internet access. That led to severe under-utilization of technology, and in some areas, technology was even considered an extravagant expense. The children had already been denied basic educational infrastructure; in an ironic twist, they were also being deprived of the online education revolution. The people who could benefit the most from such online resources as Khan Academy and ck12 were the ones who were denied access to them.