The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted education everywhere and many children now lack the tools for home-learning. Relief International has begun a new project in Iran to deliver tablets to vulnerable refugee children with impairments.
When the spread of COVID-19 forced schools across Iran to close in March 2020, access to education for many students was suddenly disrupted. Refugee children living in vulnerable households were the most affected as the majority did not have needed tools, such as tablets and smartphones, or adequate internet connection to access the online platforms put in place by the government in response to the pandemic.
For vulnerable families, the pandemic has exacerbated existing challenges. And as a result, many children have been left without access to the proper tools needed to continue their education from home.
To support refugee children with their studies, Relief International in Iran has launched a project to provide around 1,200 tablets across 16 provinces to children with impairments that need it the most – as part of its efforts to ensure that no child is left behind from getting the quality education they deserve.
The distributed tablets are accompanied by guides and user manuals, and other educational material, to make sure children can use them as effectively as possible.
This project is funded by the European Union humanitarian aid, and is implemented through collaboration between RI, partner NGOs and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The tablets were procured by RI in country and, in collaboration with Iran’s Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs (BAFIA), Pars Development Activists (PDA) and the Society for Recovery Support (SRS), are being distributed to the most vulnerable children and families.
Iran is hosting one of the largest and most-protracted refugee crises in the world – with an estimate of some 3 million Afghans and about 28,000 Iraqis present in the country for four decades. Of the Afghan population residing in Iran, about 950,000 are registered refugees, some 450,000 are passport holders that have Iranian visas, and an estimated 1.5-2 million are undocumented.
As a result of an inclusive policy in place since 2015, all Afghan children – regardless of documentation status – can access Iranian public schools, with and alongside Iranian children. Relief International works with key government and civil society partners in Iran to support their efforts in assisting the most vulnerable families and individuals to access quality education.
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