Additionally, we’ve invested another £1 million (US$1.5 million) to work with Save the Children in researching and developing new programmatic and digital solutions for delivering education to Syrian refugees and host community children in Jordan, with an ambition to adapt and scale these in other emergency situations.
At the end of 2016, Pearson committed to doubling our investment for an additional three years to support the pilot of new education solutions in partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Education.
Initially, this work included a research project to gain a deep understanding of Syrian and Jordanian families’ own perspectives regarding education during emergency situations. The Pearson researchers were able to gain vital insight into how learners engage with educational resources and technology in times of conflict-affected transition.
From those results, and by using Pearson’s expertise in education content development and Save the Children’s expertise working on the ground with vulnerable children, we have developed a new education project, which we will pilot and adapt with a view to scale.
The project includes “Space Hero” (Batlalfada), a fun and engaging math learning app, designed by Pearson in collaboration with refugee and Jordanian children, aged 9–12, to strengthen their math skills. The app follows the story of Shehab (Arabic for shooting star) as he travels back to earth. It is available on the Google Play store to download for free, so that children can access learning anywhere at any time.
The app will also support a broader Save the Children led in-school program that focuses on teacher professional development, school-community relations, after-school learning, and psychosocial support.
Overall, the in-school programme will reach 3,750 people directly to accelerate their learning and improve their wellbeing.