BENEFITING: ALIIM CORPORATION
Our Smartphone Schools program is one of the first programs that overcomes four of the main barriers to education for Syrian refugees, (Lack of Educational Infrastructure, High Cost of School Attendance, Safety Concerns, Lack of Support to Address Refugees’ Special Needs). Our program employs mobile learning technology to provide access to quality education that is contextualized to Syrian refugee girls, ages 12-16, who are excluded from education due to the armed conflict in Syria, and are living in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, or migrating to other regions of the world. Our program is both cost effective and scalable. Our program utilizes mobile technology, available 3G/4G Internet, solar panel chargers, and is adaptive to the resources available in a particular conflict-affected setting. The underpinning framework of this program is a learner-driven approach supported by community leaders, volunteer mentors, customized technology, and project-based pedagogy. We aim to bridge both the immediate needs and also long-term capacity building. Our program emphasizes conflict resilience and life skills, including basic literacy, numeracy, English language and entrepreneurial skills. ALIIM believes that these skills become the building blocks to reconstructing children’s lives. According to report issued by UNHCR, Syrian refugees in Lebanon Quarterly snapshot January - March 2015, there are just under 383,000 school-aged refugee children living in Lebanon, and 80% of these children are without any form of education, formal or informal. Aliim is urgently working towards restoring their education in order to prevent them from becoming a lost generation. In 2016, we plan on piloting our Smartphone Schools program in Lebanon with the aim of impacting approximately 250 Syrian secondary school aged girls and marginalized youth. Once piloted, we can reach an additional 5,000 refugees girls and marginalized youth throughout Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey by the end of 2017 and over 100,000 by 2020. The advantage of our mobile learning program is that we can scale our reach as fast as we can sign up youth and mentors to participate in the program.