What We Do
Our mission is to create an engaging and innovative learning environment, without boundaries, borders or political bias, so that people from every corner of the globe can learn together, share knowledge, and improve the quality of care provided to those who need it most.
We want to continue to be an industry innovator, always looking for new ways to engage people all over the world in learning for life by using the best techniques and education practices. We believe that everyone has the right to education and learning, no matter where they are from, what they believe, or how much money they have.
Why we exist?
The world is improving. Healthcare across the globe has come a long way in the last 20 years (despite what the mainstream media would have us believe), but poor health still disproportionately affects the world’s poorest countries. According to the World Bank (2006), low income countries account for around 90% of the global burden of disease but only 12% of global health spending. This burden of disease, coupled with dramatic underspending, puts tremendous pressure on often fragile health infrastructures.
Nurses and midwives are the most important people for building health capacity and filling huge workforce gaps, with many low-income countries estimating that around 80% of their health workforce is comprised of nurses and midwives (World Health Organisation, 2014). Despite this, 28% of the WHO member states, including most of Sub-Saharan Africa, have less than one nurse or midwife per 1,000 of the population. This is in comparison to the UK, which has more than eight, and the USA, which has more than nine. Expanding the nursing workforce is the key to improving the health of their populations.
There is a huge in-country deficit of experienced nurses and midwives to deliver the quality education needed to build a strong nursing and midwifery workforce. Many countries are forced to make use of inexperienced nurses and midwives to both teach and lead the healthcare workforce. In some cases, nurses and midwives have no formal support for their ongoing education at all. In response to this, much overseas aid has been directed towards flying in foreign professionals to deliver face-to-face teaching on pre-identified topics to a small audience with limited resources. This model is flawed for several reasons.
Firstly, it is not economical. Flying a foreign professional into a remote place for a week or two to deliver highly specialised teaching to a small number of local workers is costly, both in terms of time and resources. It also has a secondary financial impact because it does not focus on building capacity with in-country health workers, making it unsustainable in the long term.
Secondly, quality is variable. Volunteers offer to help for a wide variety of reasons and the quality of the education delivered varies from person to person depending on their experience in teaching, the content of the course, as well as their motivation for being there. It is sometimes assumed that a skilled professional is also a skilled teacher or trainer, which may not be the case.
Finally, this model is isolating, a point which is often unrecognised. Nurses and midwives who learn in this way may be unaware of all the other nurses and midwives across the world who are learning the same topics, applying their learning in similar circumstances, and struggling with the same concepts. This can lead to isolation, a known inhibitor for learning, as well as variances in clinical practice around the globe.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
So what are we doing about it?
Learn, Share, Care is an online company which aims to support the educational needs of some of the world’s poorest countries. We do this by providing accessible e-learning solutions which support the existing education infrastructure of the country, rather than replacing it. At our core, we aim to deliver needs-based education supported by educational theory and innovative delivery mechanisms.
The Global Classroom project is a revolutionary way of supporting the continuing professional development needs of nurses and midwives in low and middle-income countries. It combines clinical teaching using internationally approved guidelines with English language tutelage. The aim is to develop a competent and confident nursing and midwifery workforce who can face the unique challenges that come with providing safe healthcare in resource poor settings.
Our e-learning is different. Because we are professionals in our field as well as accredited teachers, our courses engage our users and aim to create curious learners and critical thinkers that will be the front line of the global nursing and midwifery workforce.