Empowering Refugees


The Refugee Code Academy recently visited one of the largest refugee camps in the world to set up an on-site coding school. HTiL team member Omron Blauo in this excellent article, highlights the benefits of A NEW MODEL FOR REFUGEES FOCUSED ON EDUCATION TO EMPLOYMENT .

Blauo through his work as the co-founder of Refugee Code Academy supports the idea that being

‘displaced doesn’t alter your intelligence it just makes it hard to do things’.RCA 

Together they work to develop solutions with their students, in order to add value to them. RCA has traveled to 6 refugee camps. Including two of the largest in the world. One of their first projects was to ‘teach coding at the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania, home to more than 70,000 Congolese and some 65,000 Burundian refugees.’ News Deeply


RCA followed this by working with the Dzaleko Camp, Malawi. Conducting hackathons and technology workshops. Events that empowered refugees with new employment opportunities. Newly trained refugee developers were able to pursue remote job opportunities, through the training they received and good quality connectivity.

Empowering refugees

The ability to work remotely helps refugees to navigate the limitations that they may face on a local level. Innovative projects empower refugees to learn skills that are seen as preparing them for the growth of STEM industries across Africa. MyInform also exists precisely to empower refugees.



Oula Abu Amsha acting for the professional integration of refugees in Switzerland, emphasizes how ‘educational technologies, online learning, and modern communications make it possible to involve people everywhere and distances and frontiers are no longer an excuse.’ 

HTiL recently discussed the benefits of computer skills for refugees. Focusing on a project by the Regional Development and Protection Programme (RDPP) in Northern Uganda.

Their main themes with the Digitalization for Development project aim to create greater economic and employment opportunities for people. Africa Coding Week in Uganda raised awareness of how at least thirty-five African countries ‘are hosting over 1,500 coding workshops involving 500,000 children and youth across the continent’.

Shared mission to better the world through technology

Mobile Learning week conferences facilitate knowledge exchange. A recent event brought people together to discuss solutions to the often challenging questions they are faced with. Focusing on the ways that governments and other stakeholders can achieve specific skills related targets.

Four sub-events that Mobile Learning week ran focused on defining and mainstreaming digital skills. Exploring innovate skills provision for jobs in the digital economy. It also considered the close inequalities and gender divide. A fourth event focused on mapping and anticipating changing skill needs.


People who attended benefited from ‘being in a room full of like-minded individuals with a shared mission to better the world through technology ‘. Discussing solutions to the often challenging questions in their work inspired new questions to emerge.

Blauo who attended Mobile Learning Week 2017, places an emphasis on the importance of everyone in human rights organisations interrogating both their practices and motives. He raises three excellent questions in relation to this

Are these practices the most productive way?

The way that will help the most people?

The way that makes the most sense for everybody?




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