09 Mar A Movement for Education: Bridging the Digital Divide, One Student At A Time
More than 1.6 billion students in over 190 countries are out of school due to the pandemic, according to the latest UNESCO’s statistics. It’s clear that the public health crisis has forced many industries to be pushed online, and in many respects, the education sector’s mass move to remote learning has raised big question marks about digital inclusion.
For marginalized communities, and families living below the poverty line, limited access to devices and reliable WiFi made it nearly impossible for them to access education. All you need to do is talk to the teachers: one from a well-funded public school, and another from a refugee-run learning center like Fugee School – and the digital divide is glaring.
Refugee students, in particular, are not toting smart laptops, own a stable broadband connection or have full-time supervision at home. With myriad social hurdles refugee communities face – especially peaking in the pandemic – schools have an extra responsibility to maintain connections with parents to forge a supportive learning environment at home.
The digital divide problem in education isn’t new, but it is amplified by the pandemic and long-term school closures. Physical learning provide a structure, respite, and shelter in ways that digital learning never can.
Fugee School is one refugee school that we know survived the pandemic because of its sturdy preexisting educational system:
- Little to no tuition fees
- Resilient Fugee School teachers,
- Supportive community of donors
No matter who or where you are, technology will have a profound impact on your life. Our ask is simple: to help create bright futures for 200 refugee children at Fugee School because, we can all agree, no child should be left behind.
This campaign is a movement that believes in educating people no matter where they are if we are creative about how we do it.