Experience learning in a refugee camp

Experience learning in a refugee camp
Dubai Cares will be participating in this year’s UAE Innovation Week with a number of thought-provoking and innovative showcases taking place at Boulevard at Emirates Towers and Mall of the Emirates from 20 to 26 November and 21 to 26 November respectively, under the theme “Innovation in Education in Emergencies”.
Experience learning in a refugee camp

Dubai Cares’ participation includes a showcase featuring a 360-degree virtual reality film captured in a refugee school within a Syrian refugee camp. The video, which can be viewed through virtual reality headsets, allows viewers to follow a young Syrian student in a refugee school as well as listen to the narration of her mother telling the story behind the family’s quest for education. The virtual reality video aims to highlight the vulnerability of children whose education has been impacted or denied altogether and allow a glimpse of the hope that Dubai Cares is instilling in the lives of children affected by conflict and natural disasters.

In addition to the virtual reality video, the showcase features an interactive touchscreen map that provides visitors an insight into Dubai Cares’ work in developing countries, particularly in those affected by emergencies such as Lebanon, Niger, Palestine and Sierra Leone. It includes multimedia and information on Dubai Cares’ programs in 45 developing countries. It also features a variation of the “Would you rather” quiz which highlights the impossible choices people affected by emergencies have to make on a daily basis. Participants are invited to take a quiz on an iPad consisting of five questions through which they will be prompted to select one of the two possible answers.

The quiz is designed to highlight the difficult and almost impossible choices people affected by conflict and natural disasters have to make on an almost daily basis. For instance, if you were struggling to feed your displaced family of 6, would you marry off your eldest 14-year-old daughter so she is looked after by a husband or take the same daughter out of school so she can work and help support the family.

UAE Innovation Week is a nationwide celebration of innovation for everyone in the UAE in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is one of the largest innovation initiatives in the world and a consolidated effort by government, the private sector and individuals to help create a widespread culture of innovation in the UAE and strengthen its position as a global hub for innovation. UAE Innovation Week takes place from Sunday November 20 to Saturday November 26, 2016 from morning until evening. The full program can be found on www.uaeinnovates.ae

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