[Sebastien Turbot shares his insights in a Forbes article into a project from the French group, Libraries without Borders. The project distributes e-materials to refugee camps to provide these marginalized people experiences to re-link them to the world. ]
When we think of education technology, we often imagine large-scale impact and reach. But it’s not that straightforward.
Stacked amidst temporary shelters, tents and thatched huts in Burundi’s Kavumu refugee camp are a pile of bright blue, green and yellow boxes. Stowed away in these 800 kg metal palette-size boxes are countless ideas to educate, entertain and foster creativity among refugees. The self-contained watertight boxes are packed with e-readers, tablets, cameras, e-books, paperbacks, board games and e-learning tools to offer educational and training opportunities to refugee children and adults and prepare them to reintegrate the world. In less than 20 minutes, the boxes are unfolded into interactive media centres with tables and chairs.