Armed conflict is robbing children of their right to education
Thaki is currently focused on helping refugee and disadvantaged children in Lebanon and Jordan
The conflict in Syria continues to drive the largest refugee crisis in the world, with 5.4 million Syrian refugees registered in the region. Nearly half (48%) are children.
The toll of armed conflict on a society is enormous, acutely impacting the children displaced by it. In addition to the physical, psychological and economic damages wrought on everybody, conflict and displacement additionally rob children of their future by disrupting, and often ending, their opportunities for education – and education is indisputably the key to unlocking a child’s future potential.
Refugees spilling over the borders of neighboring countries can quickly overwhelm the host’s ability to absorb the children into their domestic school systems. Non-profit educational organizations spring up and mobilize to fill these gaps, but they often operate with severe resource constraints, lacking trained staff, equipment, and appropriate educational resources.
Caring for children falling through the gaps is critically important now because:
- Children who are out of school are children in the streets, working at too young an age, idle, joining gangs or falling prey to extremist groups. This intense vulnerability makes them susceptible to harming themselves and their societies.
- Technology can efficiently and effectively deliver educational content – as supplementary, core, or blended learning, particularly when traditional classroom learning is unavailable or even impossible due to security.
- Technology can improve children’s level of engagement and motivation to learn. This, in turn, positively impacts school retention rates and extra-curricular development.
- Having technology skills is critical for modern workforce integration. The younger that children learn how to use technology, the easier their learning curve when entering the workforce.
- With internet connectivity, personalized and adaptive educational content can be accessed from anywhere through electronic devices, allowing migrant children on the move to continue their education.
“Now I believe in myself, I want to pursue my education and become an engineer! I want to invent things that make the earth a better place to live in, to promote peace.”
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