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5,9 million euro for educational games for kids in war

28 Jan 2016

The program Can't Wait to Learn received last night a donation of 5.9 million euros from the Dutch Postcode Lottery's Dream Fund. With this innovative method of teaching, primary school children in conflict areas get officially certified education. Children learn to count, read and write by playing educational games on tablets. In places without schools, qualified teachers or electricity.

Globally, 28 million children can't attend school due to war. To give all children in conflict areas access to education, thousands of schools should be built and ten thousands teachers must be trained. This is simply not feasible. In the meantime, a full generation is lost.

Therefore, TNO has developed together with War Child, game developer Flavour, the Sudanese Ministry of Education and the Ahfad University (Sudan) an educational game on a tablet, which has already been successfully implemented as a pilot project in Sudan. The pilot will now get an international follow-up, because we can adapt this teaching method for Syrian refugee children, scaling in Sudan, and now add language with support of this donation from the Dutch Postcode Lottery.

The donation - meant for 'new, brave and pioneering projects' - took place at the Good Money Gala of the National Postcode Lottery in Amsterdam. UNICEF called Can't Wait to Learn already become one of the five most promising educational innovations worldwide. And during the Dutch Game Awards 2015, the project won the first prize in the category Best Coproduction.

Tjipke Bergsma (dir. War Child) and Marco Borsato receive the award

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