Prestigious UNESCO-prize for our education programme with tablets
Feb. 26, 2019
The prestigious 'King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize on Innovation in Education' from UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is awarded yearly to ICT projects that overcome major situational barriers - such as lack of infrastructure and funds - to deliver a tailor-made solution based on children’s realities.
Can’t Wait to Learn’s educational methodology was built on these foundations. The programme - developed by us in collaboration with (inter)national partners such as UNICEF, Ministries of Education and &Ranj - provides conflict-affected children with quality education.
Celebrated by UNESCO for its ground-breaking use of new technologies, Can't Wait to Learn teaches children how to read, write and count by playing educational games on tablet devices. In conflict-affected areas - where access to schools and teachers is limited - children don’t have to wait to gain skills for the future.
Children in Lebanon playing one of the educational games
Photo: War Child
Solar panels are used to charge the educational tablets
Photo: War Child
Quality education, regardless of the setting
So what sets Can’t Wait to Learn apart? The answer is surprisingly simple. Thanks to a delivery system which can operate in areas with limited resources, such as electricity and internet, Can’t Wait to Learn provides learning opportunities for all. The programme enables children to learn even in places where formal education is not available or under strain.
The secret ingredient: designed for children, by children
Can’t Wait to Learn is not based on a 'one size fits all' model. The children co-create the content and design of the games based on their own experiences and stories. The content - which is based on government-approved educational curricula - allows children to become immersed in a world that reflects their reality - and focus right away. Research has shown that this facilitates effective learning and boosts motivation.
Each educational game is developed using the following seven steps:
The prestigious prize will be presented at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on March 12th, 2019 in the presence of delegates of the Kingdom of Bahrain. On behalf of War Child, Can’t Wait to Learn Programme Director Kate Radford will attend the celebrations.
Can’t Wait to Learn supporters include the Dutch National Postcode Lottery; IKEA Foundation; Google.org; USAID; DFID through the Humanitarian Education Accelerator; DG ECHO; UNICEF; UNHCR; CISCO Foundation; Mission Bambini and private donations.