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 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are children and youth.
Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than non-refugee children. According to UNHCR, 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.
Currently, there are a number of programs designed to support the needs of refugee and IDP children and youth. Some of those programs are using ICT-enabled 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, host governments, and private sector to support them at scale.
No Lost Generation (NLG) Tech Task Force was set up by NetHope and the No Lost Generation (NLG) initiative to facilitate collaboration within the international development community and between the NGO and private sector with the focus on ICT-enabled, evidence-based programs supporting the needs of refugee children and youth. NLG Tech Task Force is part of a broader NoLostGeneration 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 with private sector, with the focus on ICT-enabled, evidence-based programs for refugee children and youth, by:
- Establishing collaborative information exchanges around refugee and IDP education, livelihoods and protection. And, eventually synthesizing group insights into Learnings & Recommendations with the focus on the role that technology tools and services can play in enabling scale and increasing quality.
- Partnering with private sector companies to address expertise, resource, and funding needs.
- Facilitating project-based collaborations and pilots to address the needs of refugee children and youth.
The NLG Tech Task Force is open to global and local NGOs, private sector companies, academic institutions, and host governments. Sign up here.
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Photo Description: Syrian and Lebanese students sit together in classes at the Mohammed Shamel mixed Elementary public school in Tariq el Jdideh, Beirut, Lebanon.
Photo credit: Adam Patterson/Panos/DFID
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