Education in emergencies and crises
This year’s Mobile Learning Week, to be held from 20-24 March, 2017, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, will explore how technology can help meet the educational needs of refugees and other learners displaced by emergency and crisis.
Worldwide, refugees now number over 21.3 million, and UNHCR estimates that refugee children are five times more likely to be out-of-school than non-refugees. Presently only 50 percent of refugee children have access to primary school, and these deficits compound as refugees age: just 22 percent of refugees enrol in secondary school and only 1 percent go on to higher education.
The event, organized by UNESCO and UNHCR in collaboration with ITU, the United Nation’s specialized agency for information and communication technologies, will bring together leaders and experts working at the intersection of education, technology and crisis to share innovative practices from around the world and showcase options available to governments and other organizations working to turn mobile technologies into educational allies.
Now entering its sixth year, Mobile Learning Week is attended by government representatives from over 50 UN Member States and features more than 100 speakers and presentations.