Education for Young Refugees

We were tired of hearing misconceptions about refugee children and how different they are compared to their peers in local communities.

They are hopeless. Demotivated.
Would rather stay on the streets than go to school.
They don't speak English. Live only in refugee camps.
Education for Young Refugees

Visiting the Asylum in Belgrade, Serbia


After 7 months of doing a research and talking with people who are directly involved in refugee crisis solving, this July our team finally got the opportunity to attend the creative workshop and meet 19 lovely and smart children who seek asylum in Serbia.

This Asylum in Belgrade open, which means children and families living there can leave the asylum and go around the city by themselves. There are around 700 asylum seekers with 50% of them being under the age of 18. Most families are from Afghanistan and Iraq.

A 14-year-old girl from Afghanistan who has been living in the Asylum in Belgrade for last 9 months.

She spends her days reading the books, drawing, watching youtubers and dreaming of becoming an engineer.

Her English is impeccable and when Farsi translator is not around, she is the one who helps out children from her home country to communicate their needs and take part in conversations.

My dream job(s) - Zakia, Iraq My dream job(s) - Zakia, Iraq

But hearing about a girl who reads the same books and loves the youtubers as much as she does, her eyes pop. Having a friend from local community with whom you can talk about all those mutual interests sounds fun, doesn’t it? It would be so much easier to study if there is a friend around you can ask for help with homework, right?

Fear of having a hard time fitting in the classroom with local children, understanding what teachers say and meeting their expectations might quickly disappear.
Millions of refugee children are without education
Zakia is just one of 3.5 million out-of-school refugee children living around
the world.

Most children refugees age 10-15 have been out of the school system for
more than a year due to a long and tiring journey.

While waiting for a place in school, teenagers can fall behind and become
reluctant to return to mainstream schooling, especially if they must enter
at grades lower than their peers.
Education for Young Refugees

World Citizen - Localization of the World

Driven by limitless energy and passion for creating an environment where every child can thrive, our team is on a mission to guide children refugees on their path to becoming World Citizens.

Through our gamified platform we aim to spark and foster the learning spirit in refugee kids, encourage social cohesion between them and their peers from host communities, and facilitate their integration into national education systems.

Photo taken at the Reception-transit center in Serbia Photo taken at the Reception-transit center in Serbia
Can we help them get back on track using digital tools as our weapon of choice?
Team World Citizen
What is World Citizen
A gamified app with educational content (created by local teachers) for children refugees age 10-14 who are taking first steps towards entering the formal school system in their host country.

Throughout the game, children get to progressively learn three subjects - math & logic, language and geography.

Their guide on the journey to becoming the World Citizen(s) is Marcus - kids' AI buddy who speaks their native language. Upon introduction, he maps out their interests, listens to their needs, gives them advice and help find resources for learning while playing the game.

In order to complete the game, children are encouraged to team up and collaborate with their peers from local community. That allows them to earn more points, make friends and learn faster.

The final challenge is a scavenger hunt that gathers together refugees and locals. By completing this challenge, the player earns the internationally recognized certificate.
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Sincere thanks and gratitude go to individuals and organizations who helped us tremendously throughout this 9-month-long journey:

- Asylum centre in Krnjaca, Belgrade
- Nemanja Božovic, Commisariat for Refugees and Migration (Republic of Serbia)
- Danish Refugee Council (Ana Antanasijevic, Djenka Mihajlovic & their colleagues)
- Save the children, Belgrade Office
- Nikola Bajic, Norwegian Language Teacher at Oslo kommune

And everyone else who supported us and contributed to our project in any way.

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