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Technology Transforms Education for Young Refugees

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Thomas Brazier
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When World Refugee Day was first introduced by the United Nations in 2000, it was a rare opportunity to raise awareness of the huge challenges facing refugees fleeing from violence, food insecurity and drought - a much needed opportunity to encourage the media to shine a light on the human stories behind the statistics.

For people who have been forced to leave their homes and family and who have often been through a traumatic and dangerous journey, the chance to make a phone call home to relatives to let them know that they re alive is an absolute priority.

The lack of educational resources in many of the schools in the refugee camps in Africa has meant that young refugees, who spend an average of 17 years displaced from their homes, do not have the tools they need to learn and develop.

Tablet-based learning is providing a much-needed resource in camps such as Dadaab in Kenya - a refugee settlement with 350,000 inhabitants and one the largest refugee camps in the world.

Maureen Mwikail Kamunii, a primary school teacher in Dadaab says that the programme is improving the overall well-being of the students, increasing confidence as the tablet-based learning model encourages child-centered learning: When they find out information for themselves...it really makes them engage with the subject.

We are yet to understand the full impact of connecting the unconnected of the world, but anyone who has witnessed the instant, transformative power of connectivity for children in places like Dadaab cannot doubt the potential that s within our grasp.

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