Pangea Educational Development
Pangea Educational Development, or PED, is an organization that strives to continue educational opportunities for students in Uganda. We do this by implementing micro-finance projects at these schools. Our philosophy is that a school is not just another institution within a community, it is the community. For schools, especially in Uganda, schools are focal points in the community. And with this, we don't exist because we want to just give people things, like money. We exist because we want to work with people to better their communities. Armed with passion for education, our co-founders saw the best way to serve people is with education. Providing educational opportunities for people in Uganda is something we believe in because with education, anything is possible. Education is the mechanism for personal empowerment and communal growth. So with this, our purpose is not to just build schools or projects, but to WORK WITH community members, students, and teachers to build these projects next to them. The schools we work with are not our's; the schools we work with are theirs.
There's a difference between charity and justice. Charity gives someone something that belongs to you; justice delivers someone something that belongs to them. Education is a human right, and it belongs to everyone -- this is what we work toward. We're here to help institutions become the focal point in people's lives and communities.
We're all a part of a bigger story. And we're here to make sure everyone has an opportunity to use education to further their part in it.
What new functionality we are looking for
Our current website's functionality is solely informational. There's not really a lot of interaction. Although there are avenues for media, we would like media integration and blog integration within our website. Also, for our schools in Uganda, we would like to have an interactive map, where we could list locations of schools and when you click on these schools, there would be a window that that shows media tracks for respective schools, as well as the implemented projects. Maybe even an option to list the amount of money donated to that particular school. Not only that, but for volunteer or intern applications, we would like to keep the option of applying on our website. We're thinking of a merchandise store, but this is still in the works as we don't have as much merchandise to sell. Yet.
Overall, our website is from a template and although it is good for a temporary one, as we grow, we would like our website to reflect our professionalism. And having sent 45 volunteers this summer to Uganda over the course of this past summer, we are quickly learning that we are outgrowing our current website.
How the new functionality will help
For growth, there must be grounds for interactions and ways to keep people connected. Our website captures the attention of people, but it lacks in keeping our network connected. Our CIO has worked and learned much from organizational developers from AIGA, and his framework for our website is influenced from Design for Good:
(1) Strategy: We believe our organization is unique. It has risen the idea of volunteerism to another standard, and thus, our website should correctly brand our organization's personality and mission. We are innovative thinkers and proactive volunteers, and we want to use our website for grounds of communication with our mission, purpose, and brand.
(2) Social Engagement: We want our website to bring empathy and creativity to educational challenges that these communities face while at the same time looking good.
(3) Quality: Our website will help us fulfill our mission by providing a canvas for our professionalism and tone of our organization. We are rooted in relationships, and we want to make sure our website is inviting to strangers as it is to our friends and partners.
(4) Transparency: One of our BIGGEST concerns as an organization is being transparent. Our co-founders have worked with organizations that are not transparent, and our co-founders have made sure our organization's transparency is one of our top priorities. A new website will help us achieve this by implementing billing options, receipt options for donations, audit files implemented on our website, etc. Not only that, but a website should not raise questions of an organization's integrity. We want our website to be used as a way to show how transparent we are and what our mission is.
(5) Sustainability: You know us pretty well. We're all about sustainability. And as much as we care for sustainability externally in terms of our partner schools, we also need to be sustainable internally. In order to serve our constituents to our fullest extent, we need to be sustainable ourselves. And our website should be a welcoming experience for people to watch different experiences from volunteers, testimonials, and giving simple donations.
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