Innovation competition: EduApp4Syria

The EduApp4Syria competition seeks to take advantage of widespread smartphone availability for delivery of an engaging learning supplement for Syrian children.

After receiving 78 bids in an initial competition, five promising learning game concepts have been selected for phase 1 funding.

An estimated 2.8 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.

Partners are the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, the mobile network operator Orange, and the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE).

UNICEF Innovation has also joined the partnership. They will contribute with funding and expert advice for field testing of applications in Phase 2.