The Mobile Learning Week 2017: Education in emergencies and crises will be held from the 20th to the 24th of March at the UNESCO Headquarters. The MLW (Mobile Learning Week) is UNESCO’s flagship annual ICT in education conference, it is the sixth year it is held and it features government representatives from over 50 UN Member States.

Over this week attendees will evaluate the different ways in which technology helps to improve education and the personal lives of refugees and students who have been in a crisis and/or emergency situation, forcing them to abandon their homes and suffering the negative consequences of having done so.

As the official website explains: “The world is experiencing the highest levels of displacement ever recorded. In 2015, according to UNHCR , 24 people were forced to flee their homes each minute, four times more than a decade ago, and one out of every 113 people on Earth has been displaced due to conflict or persecution. What’s more, 51 per cent of the world’s refugees are children, many of whom have been separated from their parents or are traveling alone.”

Technology has become an essential part of our lives. Mobile phones have become a basic component of our day to day and for the aforementioned groups, it also often an important part of their lives and a valued object that provides support. The event will gather leaders and experts of the education and technology sectors, as well as experts in humanitarian crises, who will provided with a space to share innovative practices that can be implemented around the world and raise awareness of the options available to governments and other organizations. Mark West, a specialist in ICT for education at UNESCO said that: “The potential of mobile technology to facilitate learning in emergencies and crises is considerable but we are only just beginning to understand how to best leverage it and how to leverage it at scale.”

At Snackson we believe mobile phones are important learning tools in education that:

  • Allow you to learn wherever you are

  • Help integration in host communities

  • Stimulate your imagination

  • Help you on the journey to personal and emotional recovery

I would like to end this post by giving our support to the event and highlighting the ideas of Irina Bokova on the importance of being able to guarantee education for the millions of children and young adults whose future is endangered by conflict, displacement, and natural disasters.

“Education must be seen as part of the first response when crisis hits and an integral part of any peacebuilding strategy.” – Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General

You can follow the event on UNESCO’s official Twitter page and with the hashtag #MLW2017

Post translated by Laura del Aguila

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