World Vision partners with tech giants to bridge education gap in Syria

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Highlights:

Just one in five Syrian refugees has access to education
Computer training helps children become familiar with technology at World Vision’s Child-Friendly Space for Syrian refugees in Lebanon​
(February 28, 2017)

MISSISSAUGA, ON - As Syria approaches six years of conflict, the best brains in information technology are coming together to present technological solutions to prevent a ‘lost generation’ of Syrian children. Just one in five Syrian refugees has access to education, and as war continues, they run the risk of not getting an education at all.

On March 1-2 tech experts like Microsoft, Facebook and participants from the private, public and development sectors will take part in The No Lost Generation EdTech summit in Jordan to showcase technology-based solutions to address the education and skills challenges caused by the crisis in Syria. 

Innovations could include the use of mobile apps, video learning, tablet based literacy tools, online courses, educational games, remote teacher-training, online assessments and teacher monitoring tools.

Quotes: 

“There are some great thinkers with great ideas out there – and we need to harness this talent for the sake of students who just want to learn, but can’t because their classrooms have been bombed, their lives uprooted, and their chances in life potentially shattered as a result.” – Mark Chapple, former teacher and World Vision’s EdTech summit organizer

“We can’t rebuild those classrooms overnight – but technology has an increasing role to play in bridging that educational gap, and getting children back on track with their schooling.” – Mark Chapple, former teacher and World Vision’s EdTech summit organizer

Links: 

No Lost Generation is a partnership between World Vision, UNICEF, Save the Children and Mercy Corps: www.nlgedtech.com