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Yasmine commented on Thaki: Unlocking their potential

Dear Rudayna,
thanks for sharing your project and story. I was fortunate to discuss Thaki project with you a couple of months ago and I remember being so inspired by all the work and opportunities for quality education you are providing to the most deprived through Thaki. I am a researcher in education at Oxford University and won a grant to work along Lebanese Alternative Learning (your partner) on reviewing online educational material. Interactive e-learning has been shown to make a change in many developing contexts but this is only possible if an NGO like yours exists on the ground to ensure electronic devices are accessible. Computer literacy is a must and no longer a luxury in today's world and we must ensure that refugee children are not isolated from technology, let alone all things possible through technology.
During my fieldwork in Lebanon, I visited several schools and learning centers hosting Syrian refugees in the Bekaa and worked with students in computer labs that have been equipped by Thaki. While electronic devices are not a guarantee for quality education, they can be a powerful resource for teachers to engage students who have been displaced and gone through trauma. During my fieldwork, students expressed their preference to solving exercises on computers versus doing so on a workbook. They showed high levels of engagement.
I wish Thaki all the best in all their interventions and look forward to more collaborations with your NGO.