Reaching refugee children

As part of our global partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), we are deploying Connect to Learn in Domiz refugee camps in Northern Iraq with operator AsiaCell to provide educational support to IDPs (Internally Displaced People) and refugees and their host communities.

Armed conflict poses a major barrier to education. Some 50% of out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas (UNESCO). New UNESCO data shows the devastating impact of the civil war in Syria. Before the conflict, nearly every child was enrolled in primary school but by 2013 about 1.8 million children and adolescents were out of school. It took just two years of civil war to erase all education progress made since the start of the century.

Our solution helps IRC support refugees in Iraq by ensuring that students in camps have access to education – IRC purchases equipment and trains teachers and we provide the technical solutions and remote computer support. AsiaCell provides equipment and data packages and we deliver the connectivity and cloud-managed software at no cost so that the IRC can bring quality educational content to refugee camps.

The benefit of the global 21st century resources that cloud-based education can bring is vital for teachers working in refugee camps who face isolation, limited resources and a higher level of instability in their jobs. In 2016, we provided Connect to Learn to 10 schools in the Domiz refugee camps in Northern Iraq, doubling the number of schools in the camps benefiting from the Connect to Learn Iraq project since 2015, impacting more than 6,700 students and 100 teachers.