Feb 17,2016

We participated in an innovation forum held by the State Department at Stanford University. The objective was to engage the tech community in Silicon Valley in coming up with solutions to bridge the education gap for Syrian Refugee Children.

The event kicked off with a passionate call to action by Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and a warm invitation from Michael McFaul, Director of Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Stories from Rania Succar, Jusoor Co-founder gave attendees hope and called on everyone to look at the humans behind the crisis and see their amazing potential.

The key issue was the scale of the challenge. With staggering numbers of displaced youth, formal, informal education apprenticeship and mentorship were the key topics.

Participants included representatives of the NGO, non-profit, education, research and technology sectors broke out to working groups and addressed select issues.

Key valuable takeaway points from the forum:

  1. The eagerness of companies like Linked-In, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and many others to donate time and resources to address the challenge.
  2. The availability of funds for scalable innovative projects.
  3. The need for the tech community to collaborate with field organizations to yield high-social impact.
  4. TechWadi’s position to mobilize our community to support refugees with our technical knowledge and collective resources.

We would love to hear from you on how you can support us in this effort. If you are willing to donate your time, please send us an email to volunteer@techwadi.org

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