With the ongoing global pandemic, young people around the world are having to adjust to the new standard of digital and distance learning, but for young refugees, getting the tools to study is more difficult than for others. .
In order to provide affected refugee youth with better learning experiences, Samsung Electronics has donated 1,000 Galaxy Tab devices to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, which will be delivered to 15 locations, including schools and communities. community centers in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps in Kenya.
Provide quality education for all
The Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps are two of the oldest in the world and, as of January of this year, hosted around 380,000 refugees. An estimated 40%, or around 160,000, of the people living in the camps are school-aged children.
However, even though schools in these refugee camps reopened in January this year after a nine-month lockdown due to COVID-19, it remains difficult for refugee students to access stationery, textbooks and materials. ‘other learning needs – a problem that prevails even after schools reopen.
Thanks to Galaxy Tabs, the distribution rate of tablets per refugee student will be improved in these camps, and refugee students will be able to use the devices to participate in school classes and connect to comprehensive digital learning materials.
UNHCR plans to use these Galaxy Tabs in its Instant Network Schools program, an initiative to provide digital learning aids to young refugees.
“Samsung’s contribution is good practice of how a global company can help the most vulnerable people access education through its technology. UNHCR Korea is looking forward to partnering with Samsung Electronics now, ”noted James Lynch, Representative of UNHCR Korea.
Together for tomorrow: empowering people
“It is important for us to support young people in refugee camps, who are considered one of the most vulnerable groups to be hit hard by COVID-19, so that they can continue their studies,” noted Won Kyong Kim, Executive Vice President and Head of Samsung’s Corporate Sustainability Center. “Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all young people is essential for a sustainable future for all.”
With its vision of “Together for tomorrow! Enabling People ”, Samsung has been and will continue to carry out social contribution activities focused on youth education and growth for their sustainable development, including Samsung Junior SW Academy, Samsung SW Academy for Youth, Samsung DreamClass, Samsung Smart School , etc.