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Improving delivery of and access to education through technology

Emergency situations often push already marginalized groups, into remote, difficult-to-reach contexts – whether remote, overcrowded or underserved, with limited access to teachers, educational materials, and learning platforms.

Faced with limited physical space for learning, an emerging wave of innovation aims to provide digital educational platforms for children living in emergency environments. Accessible from anywhere in the world through electronic devices such as tablets and cell-phones, platforms provide access to online lessons, assignments, and discussion boards. We are looking for innovations that can both improve delivery of educational content and increase access to that content and/or instructors through technological means.

It’s important to note that we are also open to technological solutions aimed at facilitating the transition of students from one educational context to another. Innovators have yet to fully address the challenge of documenting and transferring educational qualifications. By integrating technologies, such as cloud-based systems for documentation storage and rapid assessments of educational benchmarks, innovators could be poised to tackle this daunting challenge.

A few innovations that would fit into this category include:

  • Connecting children to the larger world of information through innovations, ranging from online libraries to portable multimedia toolkits to apps with videos and music.
  • Repurposing existing technologies using limited electricity and internet services.
  • Digitizing and transferring important documents that children need in order to enroll in new school systems. 

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Jara provides a personal offline education device that teaches geographically custom curriculum to people in disaster affected regions.

Jara provides a personal offline education device that teaches geographically custom curriculum to people in disaster affected regions.

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