Zeinab al Jusuf was always first in her class, but that was before war broke out in the country of Syrian Arab Republic. She was now reduced to a few story books in the refuge that her parents took her to in Beirut, Lebanon.
When Zeinab arrived in Lebanon, she missed the deadline to register for school. She was in danger of missing out on an entire year's worth of school, falling further behind because of the conflict occurring in Syria and now her family's migration to Lebanon.
Eliane Metri, a Project director says that there are over 300,000 children in Lebanon that have not received an education in Lebanon. There is serious concern that Syrian children might become another "Lost Generation".
However, through the use of informal learning spaces, there's a new opportunity for children like Zeinab to not miss out on learning. James Cranwell Ward is an UNICEF innovator who developed an all in one Rasberry Pi based computer that provides students the ability to learn and improve their numeracy, science, math and programming skills through this low cost technology. This program allows children to learn programming and develop their own games so that they can continue to play, develop and grow in their development and well-being. At the same time it provides access to education to some of the world's most vulnerable children who otherwise would not have had a chance at attaining this education.
The Rasberry Pi based system uses the credit card sized hard drive and attaches it to a tablet to turn an informal room, into a learning space. Prior to this, this was just a room, but now these tools are allowing children to express their creativity while attaining new skills essential for the modern digital age.