Launch – State of Play Report: Progress and Challenges in Digital Learning for Refugee and Displaced Youth 

20 June, 2024

UN0744094 / Frank Dejongh

Please note that registrations for this event will open in the week of 27 May.

On 20 June, World Refugee Day, the State of Play Report on Progress and Challenges in Digital Learning for Refugee and Displaced Youth will be launched at the UNHCR Office in Geneva.

Over the last decade, refugee and other forcibly displaced young learners have increasingly benefited from investments to deploy and improve digital learning around connectivity, content, and capacities. While these solutions have been installed in many EiE contexts, contributing to the education response to various crises, key challenges such as limited funding, a lack of coordinated research priorities, incoherency in the ecosystem of digital learning solutions, and the ongoing digital divide are preventing an efficient uptake. New improvements and solutions are urgently needed to address them, as the number of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who could benefit from inclusion in digital learning has grown at an unprecedented rate in the last decade.

To understand this changing landscape, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), UNHCR, and the Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies (EiE Hub) have commissioned a report to provide an up-to-date global overview and analysis of investments and action on displaced population’s inclusion in digital learning. The report also provides updates on the Refugee Connected Education Challenge (RCEC[1]), relevant stakeholders’ current investments and initiatives, as well as trends and lessons learned from efforts to support the inclusion of refugees in digital learning programmes. Finally, opportunities for strategic investments are identified and a call for action is made, to encourage stakeholders to develop further opportunities on data, leadership and coordination, and capacity development.

[1] RCEC is a multistakeholder pledge that aims to achieve access to high-quality connected education for refugees on par with nationals by 2030