Approximately 2.25 million Syrian children have lost their opportunities for schooling because of the ongoing conflict. Many Syrian children who attend school face difficulties in learning, because they have endured long-term stress, or because they are being taught in a language they do not master.
Norway has therefore taken the initiative to develop two smartphone applications that can help Syrian children learn to read and improve their psychosocial well-being.
The apps were developed through an international innovation competition in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the partnership All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, the mobile operator Orange and the INEE Education in Crisis network.
All the games funded as part of the EduApp4Syria project have open source licenses to encourage maximum use and further creativity. The code is shared on github.
An impact valuation of the two games’ effects on literacy learning and psychosocial wellbeing is being conducted with 900 Syrian children in Jordan. The evaluation is financed and organized by All Children Reading: a Grand Challenge for Development. Data collection has now ended, and the data analysis is going on. The evaluation report will be published in January 2018.