Can Ed-Tech support learning and social cohesion in host community and refugee schools?
Effects of a multi-faceted ed-tech intervention on literacy and 21st century skills in MENA
November 15, 2019 | 12:30 - 2:00 pm | J 6-050 | 701 18th St. NW, Washington, DC
Nedjma Koval-Saifi, Founder and CEO of INTEGRATED, a leading learning-specialized firm serving the MENA region, Jordan
Samira Halabi, Senior Education Specialist, Education Global Practice, Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank
In Jordan, one third of refugees are school-aged children between 5-17 years old. Jordan’s Ministry of Education has established double shifted public schools to absorb the influx of these children. However, the refugee crisis has placed complex demands on teachers of students from two or more distinct national groups, some of whom have escaped the trauma of conflict and destruction, and whose respective communities are perceived as competing for finite economic resources. Teachers are unequipped to handle the ensuing bullying and conflicts in the classroom and schools. Nedjma Koval-Saifi will present results of a multi-faceted approach to tackling social cohesion in the classroom, combining an innovative ed-tech platform and teacher-led activities. The “Let’s Live in Harmony” program was shown to strengthen literacy while building a vocabulary of self, other, acceptance, respect and harmony through a digital leveled library of stories, and an accompanying program of teacher-led activities enabled students to put those principles into practice.
About the Presenter:
Nedjma Koval-Saifi is a development specialist and founder of INTEGRATED, a leading learning-specialized firm serving the MENA region. Nedjma supports the development of the evidence base for digital game-based learning solutions, custom tailored to local populations and contexts, with the aim of advancing new ways to tackle educational challenges in the MENA region, particularly among conflict-affected populations. Nedjma has designed and assessed education projects with organisations including All Children Reading and USAID and has published and presented EdTech solutions at the Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Annual Conference 2017, UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2018, Conference for International Education Society in 2019, and Scaling Community of Practice Annual Meeting 2019.