Read on for news and updates from the NLG EdTech team, as well as interesting and relevant content from around the web. 


NLG EdTech Updates

Malala Fund teams up with ReBootKamp to teach refugee girls how to code

Malala Fund helps RBK to bring to life their NLG EdTech summit action plan

24 August 2017

Image: RBK

Image: RBK

ReBootKamp (RBK) has been awarded a $50,700 grant from Malala Fund to implement a project that will equip 100 Syrian refugee girls in Jordan with invaluable technology and coding skills.

The action plan for the project was developed during the 2017 No Lost Generation EdTech summit, held in March this year.  

RBK, an Amman-based non-profit, runs immersive coding bootcamps for Jordanians and refugees to teach them market-relevant skills to help them enter the rapidly growing technology industry.  

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No Lost Generation Silicon Valley Symposium

Special event bringing together private companies and humanitarians to be held in California this September

24 AUGUST 2017

Photo: Patrick Nouhailler/ CC-BY-2.0

Photo: Patrick Nouhailler/ CC-BY-2.0

In partnership with NetHope and Microsoft, the No Lost Generation (NLG) initiative is hosting a symposium in San Francisco, California on September 12, 2017.

We are inviting US-based private-sector companies to partner with humanitarian agencies in creating a better future for refugee youth by activating their expertise, innovative solutions, and resources.

Private-sector companies can contact Leila Toplic at for an invitation.

More details on the symposium can be found here. 


First Seed Funding Winners from NLG EdTech Summit Announced

Mateen and World Refugee School win Startupboat Award

17 JULY 2017

                     Image: Mateen

Jordanian non-profit organization, Mateen, with World Refugee School will receive support from Startupboat to bring to life their project to support Syrian refugee children in north Jordan.

The project, which was developed during the 2017 No Lost Generation EdTech Summit held in Amman earlier this year, will support over 100 refugee girls and boys living in informal tented settlements outside Mafraq. Since arriving in the informal camps, these children have had no access to formal education.

Through this pilot initiative, Mateen and WRS plan to provide the children with basic literacy skills through a specially-designed online learning platform.

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NetHope and NLG host a special webinar for World Refugee Day: LISTEN TO THE RECORDING HERE

21 June 2017


To mark World Refugee Day, NetHope and the No Lost Generation Initiative hosted a special hour-long webinar. The webinar engaged members of the NLG community, including NGOs and private sector companies in a conversation about the work of NLG, challenges that refugee youth face, and opportunities for the broader community to work together to address them. 

The webinar presented an overview of the No Lost Generation Initiative, key challenges facing children and youth in the region and discussed the EdTech Summit. In particular, the session focused on the challenges facing refugee youth and adolescents and refugee youth took part in the conversation to share their experiences. 

Presenters included: 

Katy Barnett, No Lost Generation Advisor, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa

Mark Chapple, Head of No Lost Generation, World Vision Regional Syria Response

Veera Mendonca, Regional Advisor, Adolescent Development and HIV/AIDS, UNICEF

Hosted by: Leila Toplic, NLG Tech Task Force, NetHope

You can listen to the recording of the webinar here.

The Task Force will be hosting a series of virtual conversations to encourage collaboration and information sharing. More information on the taskforce, as well as details of previous and upcoming webinars are also available on the NetHope Tech Taskforce website.


Our pick of stories from around the web on EdTech, education and refugees in the region.  

Telegraph: The online school in Greece hoping to empower refugee children


"The worst part about working with these children is not that they will leave: that is the best part," says Stephanie Martinez, 26, who runs the Habibi Centre, a school teaching refugee children from the ages of 12-18.

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Education Week: Cellphones, Apps Power Learning for Syrian Refugees

Last spring, in a weathered trailer in Bar Elias, Lebanon within walking distance from the nearby refugee camps, Syrian teenagers were hard at work at Arabic, math, science, and English lessons.

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NetHope Blog: Kiron Student: ‘My Story Is Not Set in Stone Yet ’

27 AUGUST 2017

“My name is Mohammed. I am a refugee from Damascus, Syria,” he says softly. 

Now, Mohammed studies Business Administration with Kiron. He came to Germany in 2015. Back in Syria he studied science and had his own business, selling medicine material. “It was a good job and a good business, I even came to Germany for a business trip once.” 

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News Deeply: An App to Crowdfund Higher Education for Refugees

14 AUGUST 2017

EdSeed is a new mobile app that aims to connect individual and corporate donors with displaced university students.

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Al Bawaba: WANA Institute: A Generation of Children Are Not Being Educated Because of Displacement

13 AUGUST 2017

Globally, more than 75 million children are out of school due to conflict and natural disasters, approximately the same number of children who are in school across the 28 countries of the European Union. This has devastating consequences. With displacement crises lasting on average 20 years, entire generations of children are missing out on an education.

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News Deeply: Why a Refugee ‘Education Passport’ Is Being Tested in Greece

31 JULY 2017

A European initiative to fast-track qualification checks for refugees aims to provide a clear account of their academic record and get more refugees into higher education.

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Guardian: Thousands of Syrian children in Jordan's Za'atari camp missing out on education

29 JULY 2017

Thousands of Syrian refugee children in Jordan are missing out on an education despite the provision last year of 75,000 new school places to cater for them.

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Inside Higher Ed: Reaching Refugees

19 JULY 2017

Southern New Hampshire University announces first phase of initiative to expand higher education access to refugees.

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World Bank: The Visible Impacts of the Syrian War May Only be the Tip of the Iceberg

10 July 2017

A new World Bank report estimates that as of early 2017, the conflict in Syria has damaged or destroyed about a third of the housing stock and about half of medical and education facilities, and led to significant economic losses. A key finding of the report is that the breakdown of the systems that organize both the economy and society, along with the trust that binds people together, has had a greater economic impact than the destruction of physical infrastructure. 

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Times Higher Education: Insider knowledge: homegrown solutions for academic refugees

25 JUNE 2017

Universities are developing imaginative ways of addressing the educational needs and ambitions of Syrians. If the risk of a “lost generation” of Syrian students and academics is to be avoided, universities in the region must be part of the solution. But these institutions – in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey – lack the capacity to deal with the scale of the refugee crisis and, in any case, often face problems of their own.

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