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We are in the midst of the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are 21 million refugees, over half of whom are children.
After shelter and food, education is one of the highest priorities of refugee communities. Yet only 50 percent have access to primary school, even less (22 percent) have the opportunity to get secondary education and only 1 percent of refugees globally attend university. Lack of access to education is creating a bleak future for a generation of youth.
At the same time - there are multiple initiatives and programs currently deployed around the world designed to support refugee education and create pathways to future employment. Some of those programs are using ICT solutions, including connectivity, device infrastructure, digital curriculum, and virtual exchange tools.
But more can be done. Ensuring that education is available and accessible to all refugees requires evidence-based and ICT-enabled solutions, and a collaborative engagement across all sectors.]
NetHope has established a Tech Task Force focused on Refugee Education to promote collaboration and sharing of best practices across the refugee education community.
Through the Working Group model, NetHope aims to increase awareness and usage of ICT tools in refugee education setting and enable refugee education professionals to grow their capacity to deliver education programs to refugees worldwide.
In this session, we want to inform program officers for refugee education about the Tech Working Group for Refugee Education and invite them to join the Working Group and attend an in-person session at the NLG EdTech Summit in Amman, Jordan.
|Leila Toplic, Refugee Alliance, NetHope
Photo Description: Syrian and Lebanese students sit together in classes at the Mohammed Shamel mixed Elementary public school in Tariq el Jdideh, Beirut, Lebanon. Learn more
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