Refugee education: Is technology the solution?

Location: Jordan, Kenya

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Technology can play an important role in providing increased access to learning opportunities, as it can complement existing education systems and help to change behaviour towards learning. There are a number of promising practices included in this initiative, which highlight how existing technology used by refugee populations can boost refugee children’s learning.

This case study which draws on those projects points to using technology holistically with other interventions, prioritising the development and use of local content and using trained facilitators in order to support, facilitate and enable good teaching and quality learning.

Stronger partnerships also need to be created between refugee education experts and technology companies to ensure quality content is developed, which compliments the existing national curriculum and accreditation system.

The case study recognises that  there is a lack of robust evidence on the impact of technology on learning outcomes, especially in refugee settings, in part because testing is limited as most interventions are still at the early stage of implementation. The case study recommends

Promising practices featured in this case study:

  • Read to Kids, Jordan – Worldreader
  • Eneza SMS Study Tool, Kenya – Xavier Project
  • TIGER Girls, Jordan - Open Learning Exchange
  • Every Child Learning, Jordan - Pearson & Save the Children