We are currently facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Over half of all refugees are children.
After shelter and food, education is one of the highest priorities of refugee communities, but it’s often the first program to be cut when funding is short. As a result, only one in two refugee children have access to primary school, which declines to fewer than one in four enrolling in secondary school, dropping to an alarming one in 100 having the opportunity to continue their studies at university. 1.75 million Syrian children and youth are out of school and 1.35 million at risk of dropping out. There is a very real risk that these children will become “a lost generation.”
Last week NetHope co-hosted the #NoLostGeneration EdTech Summit in Amman, Jordan with UNICEF, World Vision, and Microsoft. We both had the privilege to represent NetHope and engage with many passionate practitioners. And we heard about some of the ways nonprofits — including NetHope member NGOs and technology partners — are using information and communications technologies (ICT) to address the refugee education problem.