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ALL CHILDREN READING: A GRAND CHALLENGE FOR DEVELOPMENT
Supporting early grade readers
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.
At the 2017 No Lost Generation (NLG) EdTech Summit in Amman, Jordan, ACR GCD awarded Asafeer $100,000 to develop a set of book templates and illustrations. The materials will present STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related content in a fun and interesting way to explain how the world around us works. These stories will be designed specifically to target the needs of early grade readers.
The templates will include basic story lines which authors can easily translate and contextualize for their context and add images accordingly. Through the grant, Asafeer will create more than 100 stories, covering a variety of themes (e.g. ecosystems, inventions, sustainable living and world science) in Arabic and English, which will be available for global adaptation.
All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, launched in 2011 by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), World Vision and the Australian Government, is a series of competitions that leverage science and technology to source, test and disseminate scalable solutions to improve literacy skills of early grade learners in developing countries. ACR GCD is one of five organizations who generously provided seed funding to help make some of the best ideas developed in brainstorming sessions during the NLG event a reality.
Asafeer, Little Thinking Minds, We Love Reading, Libraries Without Borders and Syria Relief
MALALA FUND AWARD
Teaching refugee girls how to code
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.
Through this project the 100 girls, aged between 12 and 18, will be supported by female mentors - including those who are themselves graduates of the RBK programme. The team of mentors will support the girls to complete their own coding projects, boosting the girls’ employability and skills.
This is the first RBK project aimed at this demographic. It is hoped that the refugee girls participating in this project will eventually go on to also become mentors and role models for future graduates of RBK.
Through building connections between the girls and women already working in the technology industry, the project hopes to inspire and encourage more women, who may not have considered a career in technology, to continue into the industry.
The coding projects developed by the girls as part of this initiative will be showcased in an open-source community website.
The 2017 NLG EdTech summit brought together hundreds of partners from the private, public and development sectors to showcase and brainstorm tech-based solutions to the education and skills challenges caused by the crisis in Syria.
Malala Fund is one of five generous donors who are providing seed funding to bring to life action plans for refugees developed at the summit.
Rebootkamp, ITWORX and Mercy Corps, Ideate.Orchestrate.Integrate. and Edutek
WINNER: Mateen and World Refugee School
Literacy skills for refugee children living in informal settlements in Mafraq, Jordan through online learning
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.
The organizations hope that the platform will be rolled out in the near future to support the learning of other vulnerable children.
Mateen has been accepted into the Startupboat Online Incubation Programme and will benefit from access to Startupboat’s special digital tool for change-makers, as well as dedicated, expert mentorship. Mateen currently benefits from an adjusted support program from Startupboat tailored to Mateen’s operational model.
Please contact the Startupboat team if you think that you could offer support, would like to get involved, or if you would like to donate to Mateen and the World Refugee School.
Mateen and World Refugee School, Rebootkamp, Relief International and Work4Good and Southern New Hampshire University, Karam Foundation, Libraries Without Borders