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In his recent talk at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Mike Feerick, CEO of ALISON, the free online learning platform with almost 7 million learners globally, challenged world governments to unleash online learning to address global inequality.
“We have been stopping people from educating themselves, and stopping those who can teach from having a wider impact,” said Feerick to a large audience at SXSW. Global inequality and the skills gap is one of the biggest challenges facing governments, says the ALISON founder, and free online education is one of the most powerful modern tools that we have to address it. However, he concluded: “Governments and advisors are looking in the wrong places for answers and asking the wrong people for solutions.”