Incorporating modern day technology with refugees, BU students are taking steps to tackling the problem of education in refugee camps.
As mainstream media coverage of the international refugee crisis seems to be fading away, people are seeming to be redirecting their attention elsewhere, and the news cycle charges onward. However, Boston University (BU) student Yasmin Morais and her friends are staying to finish the fight that’s been left behind by founding the non-profit organization RefEd. By incorporating modern technologies into refugee camps, BU students have been able to create an educational app, which provides refugee children the opportunity to concurrently learn at the same pace with kids around the globe that are the same age. Though in times of hardship, these children are able to have the chance to keep up with what’s being concurrently taught to kids all around the globe at their age.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that, as of 2019, there are approximately 25.9 million refugees and about 50% of them are under the age of 18. Despite the massive global efforts into assisting this crisis, in the forms of sending aid and taking integrating refugees within their countries, many still find themselves confined into camps. These camps as even the UNHCR describes are “overpopulated” and “rampant” with sexual assault. With the conditions of the camps combined with the extreme scarcity of resources, the path of social economic mobility for refugees appear to be almost non-existent. The majority of refugees are still struggling to find what it takes to independently thrive and the ones who are feeling the crisis the hardest are the children.
Answering the call to aid the refugee problem of education, BU student Yasmin Morais and her friends founded RefEd back in 2017. From then on they created the educational app and just this summer they officially launched a pilot version of the application in a refugee camp located in Athens, Greece.
Morais hopes that in the future RefEd will be an application that’s widely accessible, opening the doors of education for millions more of struggling refugees around the world. Furthermore, she hopes that RefEd will one day have professional animators, professional educators, and grow from one education module to at least five education modules.
To learn more about their story or to become an investor for this cause, support them by visiting their fundraiser page below.
Refugee Figures: https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.htmlCamp