UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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Region of impact
Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa
Total funding
$4 million
Funding began in


Using technology to deliver quality education to refugee learners.

What they do

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights, and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people.

Millions of refugees being supported by the agency are of school-going age between 5 and 17 and have limited access to education. To address this challenge, UNHCR partners with governments and international organisations to operate schools and programs in refugee camps and communities around the world. The UNHCR Connected Education initiative seeks ways to use technology to increase access to quality materials and teaching for the most vulnerable students.

How we're helping

In 2015, Google.org made a $1.4M grant to UNHCR as part of the company’s efforts to provide emergency support and access to vital information and education to refugees.

Today, building on that support and our previous efforts to support learners in crisis, we’re announcing a $2.6M grant to help UNHCR further develop the technologies, best practices, and learning materials required to deliver quality education to refugee learners. Working closely with Learning Equality, UNHCR will deploy the Kolibri platform and other digital learning tools in a variety of educational settings with the goal of improving learning outcomes and identifying the training, technologies, and content required for other humanitarian response and education organizations to replicate their approach.

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