Digital learning for young people and educators most in need

Twig Education and Imperial College London are honored to announce a new initiative to create science content for UNICEF’s Learning Passport, a digital personalized learning platform for children and young people. 

Through the partnership, science content created by Twig’s remote learning team and Imperial expert educators will be available to children and young people using the Learning Passport in Jordan, Puntland (Somalia), Timor-Leste and Ukraine, with expansion to more countries expected in the coming months. 

The Learning Passport has already been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Projects of 2020 by the Project Management Institute. The ranking highlights the ingenious ways project managers and change-makers have found to keep initiatives moving forward in the face of unexpected obstacles associated with the global pandemic.

Catherine Cahn, Chief Executive of Twig Education, said:

“Last year’s global climate strikes demonstrated how the next generation will use their voices and knowledge to shape the future of our planet. Together with UNICEF and the Learning Passport, Twig Education and Imperial College London are honored to provide digital STEM resources for young people around the globe who might otherwise be excluded from this conversation.”

The Learning Passport was initially developed by UNICEF and partners to provide quality education to displaced and refugee children, and young people whose education had been disrupted due to conflict and emergencies. When COVID-19 shuttered schools for more than 90 per cent of the world’s schoolchildren, the platform underwent rapid expansion to help children access their school curriculum and other learning materials remotely.

Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London, said: 

“We are delighted to be collaborating with Twig Education on this important UNICEF project, the Learning Passport.  We are excited about the benefits this project will bring to those young people and educators most in need. We are honored that Imperial College London will be part of this legacy.”

What does the Passport focus on?

The Passport covers a range of key topics frequently covered by primary schools internationally, including:

  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  • Humanities and social sciences

These are integrated into a cohesive curriculum and offered on a unique online platform.

Robert Jenkins, UNICEF Chief of Education, said:

“The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated a long-standing learning crisis and digital divide. The most marginalized children, who have to fight the hardest to get an education, are at greatest risk of losing it altogether. As the impact on education deepens, these partnerships are a powerful reminder that by working together we can create innovative, scalable solutions that keep children learning.”

The urgency of providing a high-quality education

With disruption due to the pandemic continuing to impact the life chances of millions of children, fostering local, national, and international leaders of future generations has never been so critical. 

In the UK in response to the rise in home-schooling due to COVID-19, Imperial is offering free, online material based on the UK school curriculum. Partnering with UNICEF means Imperial and Twig are now able to reach an even larger audience of primary school children in need of an accessible and high-quality STEM education.

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