UNHCR partners with Microsoft, HP to boost refugee education

Computing

The UNHCR in partnership with Microsoft and HP has launched the Community Technology Access (CTA) project in Dadaab in northern Kenya.

The CTA is an initiative to harness the potential of ICT for the improvement of teaching and learning in the world's largest refugee settlement at the Kenya-Somalia border. As part of the efforts to enable youths and teachers to access greater educational resources through the use of computer labs and a multi-institutional learning system, UNHCR and partners will pilot eLearning in a vocational training centre and a secondary school in the coming weeks.

A training of trainers in lab management for parent-teacher groups took place early in May to ensure that the centres and available ICT resources are effectively used. Monitoring and evaluation of the project, conducted with the support of partners and the refugee community, is conceived as an ongoing process throughout the whole implementation cycle.

A grant of USD 250,000 by Microsoft helped provide vocational youth centres as well as primary and secondary schools (43 in total) with computers and training support. HP joined the cause with an in-kind contribution of 60 additional computers.