THE GUYANA INNOVATION PRIZE
2018 – 2019 VENTURE FELLOWS
Retraining the brain
Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CCBT):
Towards Unlearning Learned Helplessness
The Ministry of Education states that they are over 173,000 students in Guyana. On average, an estimated 12,000 students took the Caribbean Secondary Examination. Sadly, more than 50% of all persons writing CSEC Mathematics in Guyana are unable to attain a passing grade. In view of the
preceding, the Ministry and its stakeholders are actively seeking new and innovative methods of boosting students’ academic performance.
CCBT proposed to positively recondition students’ response to failure when challenged academically. The research questioned and evaluated the extent to which Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be a suitable and effective intervention. The study included findings proved that CCBT could be an effective intervention for helping students to unlearn learned using computer technology tools integrated with cognitive and motivational elements.
This type of behavioral therapy would be ideal for educators (teachers, administrators, childcare
providers, education ministries, e.g.) in the teaching/learning process and those who regularly interact with students especially those who are learned helpless. This software as a service (SAAS), estimates to capture at a minimum 7% (12,110) of the market. This takes into consideration local internet penetration rates and socio-economic statistics such as income brackets and customer spending habits.