One Zoo Tree is an exciting and powerful career preparation initiative for millions of children who dream about working with animals. More than 50 million children per year show an interest in working with animals, but less than 0.1% actually get to follow their dreams. Our primary objective is to give them a tool to assist in properly preparing for such a career.
How did One Zoo Tree start?
My daughter dreams of one day working with animals, so about a year ago we sat down to look at all the options. A quick scan through the internet grew into a year-long research project, and we found the following:
- There are more than 50 million children per year that show an interest in working with animals
- Less than 0.1% of these children manage to live their dreams
- Very few schools around the world have anything closely related to career guidance
- Those schools that have career guidance are incapable of effectively helping children choose a career, and guiding them through a preparation phase
- There is very little to assist children to bridge the gap between High School and tertiary studies, causing unwanted dropouts
- Most Universities have started to require a form of experience for future students, to enable them to study towards a career with animals
- Most careers in working with animals require extensive experience
- Although there are many factors why children don't manage to study towards their dreams, the most important one is a lack of a proper career preparation path.
As a parent I believe in supporting dreams, rather than having my children settle for the alternative - a 9 to 5 job where they feel miserable!
It's time that their dreams become our passion!
How does One Zoo Tree work?
The OZT Platform will allow children to learn about ALL the different careers in working with animals. It's not good enough to just highlight a few, they need to be able to choose any of the available careers to fulfill in their dreams. Each Career page is packed with information where they can learn more about the pros and cons, the daily routines, what subjects they need to have at school, which skills are required, where can they study after school and how to communicate with the different tertiary institutions.
But just having all this information will never be sufficient to create a proper Career Development Path (CPP). So your child will also be able to learn EVERYTHING about the animals they will be able to work with. The OZT Platform plans to expand on its animal fact-files to close to a 1000 species! Each of these fact files contain the basic information on the species, including the ways the children will work with them, as well as the ecological impact, threat assessment and conservation efforts.
Although knowledge is important, we have not forgotten about gaining experience as a vital component of the CPP. As many Universities make experience mandatory, this section in the OZT Platform will allow your child to easily connect with animal organizations (according to species, or general) and interact with them to gain experience. Besides the normal volunteering or internship, we are also building in a digital experience component that has never been done before!
How does all the above actually help the children create a CPP?
The Platform itself is great for research, but it's what we are building into it that makes it the first fully digital Career Preparation Path in the world!!
The OZT Platform incorporates artificial intelligence.
Yes that's right! We are using a special program that allows for a kind of mapping, where the entire Platform becomes a kind of road map, that grows with the child over the years (as they grow and gain knowledge/experience, the software adapts). A proper CPP is not just about shoving a book or pamphlet into their hands regarding a career and then leaving them to figure it out on their own.
Details of the Project?
OZT has combined the initial research with a live beta website that harvested important information, such as user preference, layout, data mining, expert involvement, as well as feedback mechanism.
The creation of the Platform is divided into three stages:
- Establishing of the legal and communication mechanisms
- Creation of a data mining App to ensure that ALL careers are incorporated, as well as the data on each career and animal fact-file
- Development of the AI that allows users to create a CPP
How much do we need through Funding?
Our current target is R500,000
What will the Funds be used for?
Through the funding we are requesting, the first stage can be finalized. This will mean that we will be able to create all of the legal documentation required to ensure that the platform remains within legal parameters (there are legal requirements that differ from country to country).
The Communication Mechanisms will allow OZT to effectively communicate with all its role players (over 500,000 schools, educators, experts, organizations and governments) that will allow it to move on to the Second Stage.
A part of the Communication Mechanisms will be leveraged on the development of a data mining App. The App will assist us to gather the necessary data that will populate over a thousand pages (careers and species).
Dream Funding Goal:
Our dream goal will enable us to build upon the communication mechanism by including the following:
- Legal contracts necessary to ensure that OZT remains within legal international parameters. R30,000
- Creation of the data mining App that would enable experts to contribute to the data needed on each career, species and experience programme. R400,000
- Marketing videos that will be used on the communication mechanism. R30,000
We want to give a HUGE shout out to everybody that believes in what we are doing. To those that dream with us in making the dream of the next generation a reality!
The OZT Platform is a world first, and will revolutionize the way we assist our children to reach a specific career. Although we are starting with a specific industry, the Platform and artificial intelligence can be used for ANY industry.
We can't do this without your generous support!