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
First Seed Funding Winners from NLG EdTech Summit Announced
Mateen and World Refugee School win Startupboat Award
17 JULY 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inside Higher Ed: Reaching Refugees
19 JULY 2017
Southern New Hampshire University announces first phase of initiative to expand higher education access to refugees.
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.
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.