Putting learning in the hands of children

Imagine Worldwide and the IRC will bring child-centered, tech-enabled programs to children in crisis contexts

The Airbel Impact Lab at the International Rescue Committee and Imagine Worldwide are excited to announce a groundbreaking new partnership to fill a huge gap in learning for children globally. More than 600 million children in developing countries fall short of proficiency in literacy or numeracy. Sixty-one million primary-aged children are out of school globally, one-third of whom are children in crisis contexts around the world. For these children, access to learning that can help them become literate and numerate is often difficult to imagine.

The power of learning anywhere

Child-centered, tech-enabled approaches to education empower children to take charge of their own learning. Children gather in a site (e.g., a community center, classroom, or at home). They learn using best-in-class software on tablets for 60–90 minutes. Adults (volunteers, caregivers, or teachers) play a facilitative role. In crisis contexts, there is an opportunity to engage caring adults, while also providing them with employment.

The evidence is already growing

Imagine Worldwide is forging partnerships with organizations globally and has launched pilots to build an evidence base for child-centered, tech-enabled learning. The new partnership combines Imagine’s research and design experience with tech-based education models and the IRC’s large infrastructure for deployment at scale. We are excited to expand on the work Imagine has already started in Africa in partnership with the Unlocking Talent (UT) initiative. UT uses onebillion’s onecourse to bring literacy and numeracy learning to children in over 100 schools. Imagine, specifically, is building evidence through randomized control trials with over 2,000 children in both host and refugee contexts in Malawi that will be critical to inform scale as we look to increase our impact together.

Breakthrough strategies to meet learning needs in crisis

With the support of donors and the help of our partners, we will be testing, adapting, and implementing different learning delivery models in Bangladesh, Tanzania, and other countries in West Africa. Each location will provide fresh insights about learning for children caught in crisis.

CEO and Co-founder at Imagine Worldwide

The Airbel Impact Lab designs, tests, and scales life-changing solutions for people affected by conflict and disaster. Our aim is to find the most impactful and cost-effective products, services, and delivery systems possible.