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


First Seed Funding Winners from NLG EdTech Summit Announced

Mateen and World Refugee School win Startupboat Award

17 JULY 2017

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

21 June 2017

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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.