NLG Tech Task Force
We are in the midst of the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are children. Only 50 percent of refugee children have access to primary school, even less (22 percent) have the opportunity to get secondary education and only 1 percent of refugees globally attend university.
Lack of access to education is creating a bleak future for a generation of youth. Helping young refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) find a sense of purpose and a path to a better future is critical for their individual futures, their home countries and our well-being as a global community.
At the same time, there are a number of programs designed to support refugee and IDP education, and create pathways to future employment. Some of those programs are using ICT solutions that include connectivity, device infrastructure, digital curriculum, and virtual exchange tools.
Still, more needs to be done to close the gap between the needs of refugees, and the capacity of the international community and host governments to support them at scale.
No Lost Generation (NLG) Tech Task Force is borne out of NetHope and Microsoft’s commitment to addressing the needs of refugees and IDPs at scale, and a desire to support collaboration in the international development sector. NLG Tech Task Force is part of a broader The No Lost Generation (NLG) initiative that was launched by partners in 2013 to focus attention on the plight of children affected by the Syrian crisis. The initiative puts education, youth and adolescents, and child protection at the center of the response inside Syria and across the five refugee hosting countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt).
NLG Tech Task Force will encourage, and facilitate collaboration within the development sector and cross-sector with the focus on ICT-enabled, evidence-based programs for refugee education, by:
- Establishing collaborative information exchanges and a shared document repository around refugee and IDP education through ICT-enabled solutions.
- Partnering with best in class tech and edtech companies to address expertise, resource and funding needs.
- Synthesizing group insights into Learnings & Recommendations, highlighting the role that technology tools and services can play in enabling scale and increasing quality.
Photo Description: Syrian and Lebanese students sit together in classes at the Mohammed Shamel mixed Elementary public school in Tariq el Jdideh, Beirut, Lebanon.
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