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Education Innovation for Syrian children and teenagers
October 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
The Syrian Peace Action Centre welcomes you to this seminar on innovative education programs for Syrian children and teenagers, with an emphasis on localizing innovations to ensure lasting impact.
- Keynote speech by Lina Sergie Attar, co-founder and CEO of Karam Foundation
- Presentation of EduApp4Syria and initial findings from impact study by Liv Marte Nordhaug, Project Manager at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).
- Q&A/Discussion moderated by Hege Tollerud, CEO of Oslo EdTech Cluster
LOCALIZING INNOVATION AT KARAM HOUSE: WHERE SYRIAN REFUGEE YOUTH LEARN, BUILD, AND LEAD
In this talk, Lina Sergie Attar will share stories of impact from Karam House: an innovation center for Syrian refugee teens in southern Turkey. Karam House’s STEAM-focused curriculum is steeped in design-based problem solving and building critical thinking skills, and capitalizes on a network of international technology experts, academics, artists and business leaders. The program is run by a talented group of young Syrian refugee professionals. Karam Foundation has thus far run eight innovation entrepreneurial and technological workshops for more than 7000 refugee children and youth in southern Turkey. Karam House is committed to involving the local community, hiring refugee facilitators, and ensuring that technological solutions are co-authored by the community to ensure lasting impact. The result is an inspiring space where ideas are built, hope is restored, and bright futures materialize.
EDUAPP4SYRIA – AN INNOVATION COMPETITION FOR OPEN SOURCE LEARNING SOLUTIONS
Following the talk from Karam Foundation, Liv Marte Nordhaug from Norad will briefly present the EduApp4Syria innovation competition and initial findings from the impact study of the two winning EduApp4Syria-games. These Arabic literacy self-learning apps for Syrian out-of-school children were launched in March 2017 following an international innovation competition. The impact study, which will be finalized by the end of November, has been conducted with 900 Syrian out-of-school children in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. The study is assessing the games’ impact on literacy learning and psychosocial wellbeing.
Please register here by Wednesday, 11th October. Limited seats.
Lina Sergie Attar is the co-founder and CEO of Karam Foundation. A Syrian-American architect and writer from Aleppo, Attar co-developed Karam’s Innovative Education: the creative therapy and holistic wellness program for displaced Syrian children. Attar frequently travels to the Syrian border in southern Turkey to run Karam’s Smart Aid programs. She was named one of GOOD magazine’s 2016 GOOD 100 for Karam’s innovative work with Syrian refugees. She is a graduate of University of Aleppo, Rhode Island School of Design, and MIT.
Liv Marte Nordhaug manages the Digital Empowerment Project in the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). The goals of the project are to strengthen literacy and digital literacy skills, and to increase the availability of locally relevant digital content. The EduApp4syria innovation competition is one of several initiatives managed within the Digital Empowerment Project. It is also part of the Norwegian government’s broader work on education innovation and education in crises and conflict settings.