Two new apps won an international technology competition to help Syrian refugee children learn, play and cope with trauma.
The mobile games Antura and the Letters and Feed the Monster received top honors for EduApp4Syria, which leverages the widespread availability of smartphones to develop free, educational alternatives for millions of Syrian children forced out of school due to conflict.
The competition is a joint effort from the Norwegian government, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and several global nonprofit partners. The winners were announced last week to coincide with UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week.
“We wanted to find new, effective and innovative ways to meet the critical need for literacy learning options for the estimated 2.5 million Syrian children whose education have been disrupted by six years of conflict,” said Børge Brende, Norwegian minister of foreign affairs, in a statement. “We must act now or we stand to lose an entire generation with huge long-term developmental effects.”