Information and Communication Technology: Improving Refugee Education
Refugees face considerable challenges to obtaining the education they need to rebuild and improve their lives. These challenges include remote locations; security concerns; language barriers; legal restrictions on movement; poor or nonexistent local infrastructure; inadequate educational materials, especially books; few trained teachers, particularly women; and a lack of resources to address these limitations. Information and communication technology (ICT) can help teachers and students overcome these barriers. FHI 360’s Information and Communication Technology: Improving Refugee Education project explored how ICT can improve both access to and the quality of education for refugees. Funded by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the project created a searchable inventory of data and communication technologies to help UNHCR and partner staff identify ICT tools for education that are appropriate to their operational context and needs. FHI 360 shared findings across UNHCR to raise awareness about the inventory and the use of ICT in refugee education. The project also produced promotional materials to inform potential donors about how ICT can strengthen refugee education and contribute to peacebuilding efforts.