Pangea Lead Workshop in Rome

February 21, 2019

Sharing evidence of how technology can be used to improve reading in refugee camp settings

CEO Drew Edwards and Research Intern Kavita Kar presented “Leveraging technology for learning in refugee camp settings” at the Refugee and Migrant Education Network biannual meeting. The conference was held from September 26th-28th in Rome, Italy held at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Pangea has placed an increasingly high value on research over the past few years. Especially practice-based research. This is for several practical reasons. First, it helps our team know if we are making the impact we are working to achieve. Second, the right research can not only inform us of our impact, but how we can improve it. Third, most social science research is done in the Global North and West, yet our work is not done there. Learning is itself very context-driven. There is much to learn about what works where we work and what we can learn from these communities to share more broadly.

At RMEN 2022, Pangea shared on recent research that we have done as part of our Mobile Libraries subprogram called Project Backpack. Project Backpack uses tablets to help facilitate fundamental reading skills in the home setting. We have seen incredible results. 55% of participants have learned to read, with no schooling at all within 6 months. We have been reflecting on what made this program work and shared these findings in a framework at the conference.

Pangea framework for technology integration for education interventions

The framework emphasizes the importance and recognition of:

  • Shared Values: this includes what is important to each stakeholder down to the topic and up to how we and our partner communities interact.  
  • Education Principles: these are the evidence-based concepts we base our work on that fit within these values.
  • Program Adaptation: these our’s and the community’s thesis on adaptations necessary for the education concepts work. Education practices are never copy and paste from one classroom or culture to the next.
  • Technology: given all of the above, what tools are necessary to help us achieve our goal together?