ICT Inventory for Education in Emergencies

Using technology to ensure and improve education in crisis contexts

Using technology to ensure and improve education in crisis contexts

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AUTOSKILLS Jamaica

AUTOSKILLS Jamaica is a Resource website designed by the Jamaican Foundation for LifeLong Learning (JFLL) to support Jamaican teachers in the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) and its Adult Education Centres (AECs) using AUTOSKILL.

The site provides videos, tutorials, tips, and training manuals and provides a platform for teachers using AUTOSKILL to discuss and share best practices with the use of AUTOSKILL in Jamaica.

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Added Feb 28, 2017

Alphabétisation de Base par Cellulaire: Mobiles 4 Literacy

The ABC programme is a collaborative initiative that uses mobile phones as tools in promoting adult literacy and numeracy in Niger. The programme stemmed from the observations of researchers at Tufts University and Catholic Relief Services, who noticed previously illiterate traders teaching themselves to read and write using a mobile phone, in order to take advantage of SMS text messaging, as a cheaper alternative to calling. The programme was designed to assess the impact of mobile phone use on adults’ learning and socio-economic outcomes. It integrated phone-based literacy and numeracy modules into a conventional adult literacy course, attended by 5...

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Bridges to the Future Initiative

The Bridges to the Future Initiative (BFI) was modeled on a pilot project in India, begun in 2004 in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The concept behind it, to improve literacy through interactive, computer-based lessons, was developed by the University of Pennsylvania’s International Literacy Institute (ILI), which continues to support the programme. The initiative is spearheaded in South Africa by the Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy, a local non-governmental organization. 

The programme not only improves access to good-quality educational materials, but also, by using native African languages, provides a critical motivation to learn for communities historically marginalized in South...

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Civic Education Information Service for Female Iraqi Leaders

The Civic Education Information Service for Female Iraqi Leaders was launched by Souktel and international development agency Mercy Corps, as part of Mercy Corps’ Empowering Women Peace Builders project.

Souktel is a social enterprise – a technology company which has a non-profit branch. The organisation began in response to what its team saw as a prevalent problem in Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq. Young people were leaving school with limited understanding of employment opportunities. They lacked resources they could consult and schools were not preparing them with any type of information. Souktel’s intention was to make use of the...

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Community-based radio network in the Solomon Islands

The development of community media in the Solomon Islands can be traced back to 2004. There was growing appreciation of the potential role of radio stations in supporting local governance and facilitating greater community participation and accountability. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Isabel Provincial Government (IPG) established eight low-power FM radio stations around the province as part of the Isabel Provincial Development Programme (IPDP). The aim was to support the growing role of governance institutions in provincial development planning and to improve communication between these institutions and the islanders. 

Poor infrastructure has been one of the main...

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Added Feb 28, 2017

Can't Wait to Learn

Can’t Wait to Learn is unique in that children can learn in their own community, even when there are no teachers. Children learn by playing serious educational games on tablet computers. The game itself includes instruction, practice, and a learning management system.

Can’t Wait to Learn aims to support and supplement the traditional education model in conflict-affected areas in the short term, without displacing it in the long term.

The first step: e-Learning Sudan

Until now Can’t Wait to Learn has focused on a trial project called e-Learning Sudan (eLS).  Sudanese children learn basic numeracy skills in a fun and effective way. By playing customised games...

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Added Nov 22, 2016

Instant Network Schools

Instant Network Schools enable young refugees and teachers to access digital educational content and the internet improving the quality of education in some of the most marginalised communities where Vodafone operates.

In September 2013, the Vodafone Foundation approached UNHCR and its partners in Dadaab, Kenya, with a provocative question: How could mobile technology be leveraged to improve the quality of education in the world’s largest refugee settlement?

The foundation already had experience establishing connectivity in typhoon-hit regions of the Philippines and other emergencies, enabling individuals to contact family both locally and around the world. And during the rollout of...

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Added Nov 7, 2016

Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium

Coordinated by UNHCR and the University of Geneva (InZone), the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium (CLCC) was founded in 2016. The CLCC aims to promote, coordinate and support the provision of quality higher education in contexts of conflict, crisis and displacement through Connected Learning. Connected Learning is an innovative form of higher education that uses information technology to combine face-to-face and online learning. It enables students living in remote areas to connect with top universities and to exchange knowledge globally. Since 2010, over 6.500 refugee learners in 11 countries have participated in Connected Learning programmes.

The CLCC is constantly growing...

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Added Nov 7, 2016

Skype in the Classroom

Skype in the Classroom is an online community that enables thousands of teachers to inspire the next generation of global citizens through transformative learning over Skype. You can connect your students with other classrooms around the world and collaborate on projects or one-off calls, or invite an expert to talk to your students over Skype.

The Skype in the Classroom platform allows students to connect with experts around the world as well as other classrooms and diaspora graduates. It helps students learn foreign concepts and builds communication and social skills, introduces them to technology-based learning and promotes literacy. And it...

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Added Nov 7, 2016

BrainPOP for refugees in Malaysia

In 2013, UNHCR Innovation elected Malaysia to test out tablets as a way to increase refugees’ access to books and other reading materials. Two refugee learning centers located in urban areas — Kachin Refugee Learning Center in Setapak and Kachin Refugee Learning Center in Bukit Bintang — were chosen for the pilot project.

The goal was to enhance student performance by complementing existing curricula with dynamic learning content and supplemental reading materials — and to reduce the net cost of purchasing and distribution.

UNHCR partnered with BrainPOP, a leading provider of digitized educational content and programs. BrainPOP boasts more than...

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Added Nov 7, 2016