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Ubongo, a Tanzanian-based company which creates fun, localized and multi-platform educational media that reaches millions of African families through television and the webs, has won the Next Billion Edtech Prize, an award launched by The Varkey Foundation to recognize innovative technology that can have an impact on education in low income and emerging world countries.
Children in Serbia can start a course in any of the “mobile classrooms” and finish it at the next one along their route as they travel in Europe.
Hundreds of refugee children in Serbia are being offered digital education so they can stay connected with their families as they make treacherous journeys across Europe.
For millions of refugees living in makeshift camps, access to education, jobs and financial support is an uphill struggle. Developers of a new blockchain platform are hoping to change that.
UNESCO will present a report on the potential of technology to address the educational needs of refugees, A lifeline to learning: Leveraging technology to support education for refugees, on 27 March (11.45 am) during Mobile Learning Week, the Organization’s flagship event on information and communication technologies for education.
Nigeria’s conflict has displaced more than a million children, leaving them without access to education. However, an innovative radio program aims to transform this bleak scenario.
Concerned by the ongoing insecurity and its impacts, the UN’s children agency (UNICEF) created a radio program to help educate displaced children in the Lake Chad region.
“Boko Haram has disrupted the lives of 1.3 million children with a radical insurgency that has burned villages, displaced people, and created a culture of fear,” said UNICEF’s Crisis Communications Specialist Patrick Rose.
Millions more children could end up getting an education, when Opportunity International (OI) shares its experience and data on education microfinance, enabling others to invest in education.
With 263 million children out of school, banks and other financial institutions have been reluctant to lend into developing countries’ education because – in their view – of the small margins and high risks.
“Everyone just expected that I would work in the factory… there was no college in my village… So at age 16, I ran away with a bag full of clothes and five dollars to the Indonesian city of Bandung.” From the poverty of a rural Indonesian village to becoming a Fulbright scholar, Talitha Amalia developed an unstoppable passion for education.
Digital games can effectively teach refugee children much-needed skills, including new languages and cognitive skills, while also improving their mental health, according to research by Turkey’s Bahçeşehir University, New York University, and the City University of New York.
Today, 263 million of the world’s children are out of school. Education is particularly effective at ending the poverty cycle;$1.2 trillion is spent globally on education – but it isn’t spent effectively. Most people don’t realise there is a global education crisis. But on current trends, over half the world’s children, around 800 million, will not be ready for the modern work place by 2030. They won’t have the basic skills. Today, 330 million are in school not learning, while 263 million are out of school. The number of children not in primary school is increasing.
Today I launch the MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia) Education in Emergencies Challenge, a call for ideas to improve education outcomes for children and youth – especially girls – in emergencies.
The Australian Government is contributing $2 million to support proposals that improve the delivery and development of educational content, facilitate safe places to learn or engage communities in better education outcomes in crisis-affected countries.
It could be any other startup bootcamp. Thirteen teams nervously chatter among themselves, waiting for Dania Ismail, director of Jusoor, to open proceedings. But these entrepreneurs are from Syria and many will have gone to great lengths to travel to Lebanon to take part. “We had a participant coming from Aleppo and it took him 26 hours to get to Beirut,” Ismail says. “It’s usually a six-hour journey. He got on a bus that drove off the road because Isis was shooting at them … it was a big adventure but he made it.”
We know that a quality education is crucial to economic development. It also has a lifelong impact on individuals’ health, women’s empowerment, the environment and peace building. In short, investments in quality education reap massive dividends.
Mobile learning opens the possibility of thousands of displaced people in Africa having the chance not only to empower themselves individually, but to bring positive change and development to those societies among which they find refuge.
The crisis in Syria has displaced around 1.4 million children and teenagers from their homes. An estimated 900,000 of them are not in school.
Historically, in conflict zones, education has taken a backseat to immediate needs like food, shelter and medical care. But more recently, there has been a movement in the international aid community to provide better “education in emergencies.”
Many private companies and nonprofits are stepping up to do just this — but their efforts are not always well balanced or well coordinated, a new report claims.
Refugees fleeing Boko Haram are using the internet for the first time in their lives to further their education.