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Technology and Innovation

African Edutainment Company Ubongo Wins Next Billion EdTech Prize

Forbes 24 March 2019

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.

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ICT Corners help refugee children take education courses and keep in touch with their families

Theirworld 4 July 2018

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.

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Use blockchain to educate and empower refugees, says ExsulCoin CEO

Reuters 3 May 2018

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.

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Leveraging technology to support education for refugees

Modern Diplomacy 27 March 2018

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.

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Educating Children One Radio Wave at a Time

Inter Press Service 19 July 2017

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.

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Sharing of big data to enable investment in education

Scoop World 13 June 2017

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.

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Addictive Education: The App Revolutionizing Literacy

Huffington Post 11 June 2017

“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.

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Digital games help refugee children with mental health, education, research says

Daily Sabah 7 June 2017

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.

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How to solve the global education crisis

The Guardian 6 June 2017

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.

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Improving education for children in emergencies

Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 1 June 2017

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.

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Young entrepreneurs in Syria: ‘they’ll rebuild what the war has destroyed’

The Guardian 30 May 2017

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.”

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After-school use of mobile technologies in Sierra Leone makes learning fun

GPE 11 May 2017

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.

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Mobile learning – Empowering refugees ‘where they are’

University World News 28 April 2017

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.

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Tech is Dominating Efforts to Educate Syrian Refugees

NPR 18 April 2017

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.

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Fighting Boko Haram Through Internet and Education

Fair Observer 4 April 2017

Refugees fleeing Boko Haram are using the internet for the first time in their lives to further their education.

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