Innovation competition: EduApp4Syria

The EduApp4Syria competition seeks to take advantage of widespread smartphone availability for delivery of an engaging learning supplement for Syrian children.
Rawan (8) and Rashed (10) are testing the EduApp4Syria - free, engaging games that will help Syrian children learn to read
First testing of the EduApp4Syria prototypes
In the first phase of the EduApp4Syria competition, Syrian refugees living in Trondheim, Norway, helped test the five game prototypes. See their reactions.

Open beta versions of winning EduApp4Syria-games to be released during UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 20 - 24 March in Paris

According to recent estimates almost 2.5 million Syrian children are out of school because of conflict. Many have to cope with traumas and high levels of stress, which also affects their learning ability.

High availability of smartphones among war-affected Syrian families can be a means for reaching children with engaging and fun learning supplements. This can help facilitate their continued learning and future reintegration into school.

Norway and several partners are therefore conducting an international innovation competition to develop an open source smartphone application that can help Syrian children learn how to read in Arabic and improve their psychosocial wellbeing.

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.