De la radio a la inteligencia artificial: alfabetización y educación innovadoras para refugiados, migrantes y desplazados internos
A nivel mundial, casi 70,8 millones de personas se vieron obligadas a abandonar sus hogares a mediados de 2019 (ACNUR, 2019). Entre ellas, 41,3 millones son desplazados internos y 25,9 millones son refugiados, y más de la mitad son menores de 18 años. Según el Centro de Vigilancia de los Desplazamientos Internos (IDMC, por sus siglas en inglés), estas cifras aumentan constantemente.
From radio to artificial intelligence: Review of innovative technology in literacy and education for refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons
The publication From radio to artificial intelligence: Review of innovative technology in literacy and education for refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons presents a review of relevant literature and an analysis of 25 programmes from across the world that have used innovative ICTs in literacy and education for refugees, migrants and IDPs. It identifies a lack of data on the state of literacy for youth and adults globally, and limited literature on the effectiveness of ICTs in supporting literacy and education programmes for refugees, migrants and IDPs. The 25 analysed programmes reveal that ICTs play an important role in overcoming barriers to learning for these target groups, however. The strategies followed by these innovative ICT-supported programmes are elaborated across six thematic areas: (1) access and inclusion, (2) capacity-building of teachers and educators, (3) relevant content and innovative andragogy, (4) monitoring and evaluation, (5) strategic partnerships and (6) recognition, validation and accreditation of learning.
Policy-makers, programme providers, international organizations, civil society, and, indeed, anyone with an interest in meeting the obligation to provide inclusive quality education for the most vulnerable will benefit from the rich analysis and diverse examples included in the publication.
Kepler Kiziba (Rwanda)
Kepler is ‘a non-governmental organization working in Rwanda since 2013, in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University’. Kepler oversees a number of programmes in East Africa; its partnership with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) at the Kiziba camp location focuses specifically on providing higher education to the refugees living there.
Launched in 2015, the Kiziba programme offers learners the opportunity to earn a US-accredited degree from SNHU, which in turn equips them to explore expanded employment opportunities. To date, the Kepler programme in Kiziba has provided higher education for over 170 learners, around 66 of whom have received a bachelor’s degree from SNHU.
VHS Lernportal (Germany)
The VHS Lernportal enables learners to acquire literacy skills (basic, digital, family and health literacy) in a multilingual and lifelong learning context. It has a particular focus on refugees, migrants, and women and girls. Successful completion of VHS Lernportal courses can be documented, meaning that learners can show evidence of their achievements to potential employers and/or educational institutions.
Norwegian Refugee Council Youth Programme (Jordan)
The Norwegian Refugee Council Youth Programme provides access to structured and certified learning opportunities for youth in refugee camps in order to develop their skills, enhance their well-being and prepare them – economically, socially and educationally – for the transition to adulthood. Education and training for young people aged 15–32 is offered over a three-month period.
Leveraging innovative technology in literacy and education programmes for refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons
The publication Leveraging innovative technology in literacy and education programmes for refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons brings together a selection of 21 case studies showcasing how ICTs can be integrated both innovatively and effectively into literacy and education programmes for refugees, migrants and IDPs. The case studies in this compilation demonstrate the potential of technology to support learners’ acquisition of literacy skills through arts-based learning, integrated literacy programmes, entrepreneurship training or in combination with tertiary education opportunities. They highlight the multitude of stakeholders that have come together across sectors to shape innovative responses that can make a real difference to learners’ lives. At the same time, the compilation shows the various modalities through which technology can be harnessed to deliver effective literacy and educational opportunities in diverse and challenging environments while recognizing and remaining sensitive to the needs of learners, be they refugees, IDPs or migrants.
Both publications were made possible with the financial support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).