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UNHCR Backs Tablets for Education

An online challenge from the UN Refugee Agency has been announced today.

"Tablets for Education" is an initiative to use tablets and their applications to help refugee children overcome language barriers that prevent them settling into new countries.

The "tablets for education" idea was unanimously supported by the leadership committee and will now become one of the agency's 2014 innovation projects. This will mean the project will receive funding and undergo further development.

The proposal of the project was tailored to the specific needs of UNHCR, suggesting the tablets should be set up with pre-loaded applications.

Having the applications pre-loaded will also mean that connectivity won't be necessary, which is often neither stable nor guaranteed in refugee camps.

The proposal states that in the future, ideally the tablets would have one language specific UNHCR application, supplemented with dictionaries, eBooks, NGO contact details, video/audio lessons and a teacher's toolkit.

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