“In five years, I see the company in other Caribbean islands and also listed on the Jamaica Junior Stock Exchange.” Codes will be used for registration at edufocal.com and students will be able to log in and access questions for the subjects they want to practice. They can choose from a list of teachers in different topics, and will be able to answer questions and earn experience points if the answers are correct. “As you move up through the levels in a particular subject, the questions will become harder and, of course, the harder they are, the more experience points they’re worth,” he said. “When a child is at level 65, this child will unlock the ability to create questions for their friends. So say that I have a friend who is weak in number theory in mathematics and I am a subject expert in number theory, they can request that I create some questions for them.” These questions will be reviewed by a teacher, after which the student who requested the question will be able to access them. Reward points are then given to the subject expert who created the question, but only after the student becomes more proficient in the topic. Reward points can then be used to buy items like laptops and iPods from the EduFocal virtual store or redeem them for cash. Living by the motto “never an employee, always an employer”, Swaby was recently accepted into the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship, which offers mentorship, networking opportunities and the chance to access capital to 20 emerging entrepreneurs each year. EduFocal currently has five staff members, but plans are in place to expand outside of Jamaica as the company introduces new standardised exams, such as SATs. “In five years, I see the company in other Caribbean islands and also listed on the Jamaica Junior Stock Exchange,” Swaby said.
March 2012 Issue