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NLG Tech Updates
Worldreader teams up with the Queen Rania Foundation and INTEGRATED following the 2017 NLG EdTech Summit
A partnership to support digital reading for schoolchildren in Amman
22 November 2017
US-based non-profit, Worldreader has teamed up with the Queen Rania Foundation and INTEGRATED in Jordan. Through the partnerships, Worldreader will pilot its innovative digital reading programme to children in eight schools in eastern Amman.
The partnership between Worldreader and technical consulting firm INTEGRATED was one of several successful collaborations born out of March’s NLG Ed Tech summit. INTEGRATED are currently collaborating with Worldreader on project management and monitoring and evaluation.
Worldreader also used the dialogue and networking opportunities which came up during the time of the summit to partner with the Queen Rania Foundation, which works to improve learning opportunities for children and youth in Jordan.
Building on the success of its Read to Kids project in India, Worldreader is currently launching in Jordan with the newly renamed Worldreader Kids program. The innovative technology based reading programme will provide a free, high quality digital library of Arabic and English books for children aged 0 to 12 aimed to encourage Syrian and vulnerable Jordanian parents to read regularly to their children via their mobile phone.
Worldreader Kids is made possible by a range of governmental, nonprofit and private sector partners. If you are interested in helping Worldreader foster a culture of households reading in Jordan, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Asafeer and All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development prize to support early grade readers
Asafeer Education Technologies win prize to develop inspiring storybook templates and illustrations
17 November 2017
All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) has awarded Asafeer Education Technologies a prize to develop inspiring storybook templates and illustrations for Arabic speaking children around the globe. Asafeer, a Dubai-based company, provides schools with online digital resources for reading to enhance literacy.
No Lost Generation Silicon Valley Symposium
Special event bringing together private companies and humanitarians was held in California in September
Image: Patrick Nouhailler/ CC-BY-2.0
In partnership with NetHope and Microsoft, the No Lost Generation (NLG) initiative hosted a symposium in San Francisco, California on September 12, 2017.
US-based private-sector companies were invited to the event to partner with humanitarian agencies in creating a better future for refugee youth by activating their expertise, innovative solutions, and resources.
This invitation-only event highlighted some key challenges faced by the displaced youth and the humanitarian agencies responding to the Syria and Iraq refugee crises.
You can read more about the symposium on NetHope's website.
Malala Fund teams up with ReBootKamp to teach refugee girls how to code
Malala Fund helps RBK to bring to life their NLG EdTech summit action plan
24 August 2017
The action plan for the project was developed during the 2017 No Lost Generation EdTech summit, held in March this year.
RBK, an Amman-based non-profit, runs immersive coding bootcamps for Jordanians and refugees to teach them market-relevant skills to help them enter the rapidly growing technology industry.
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.