Sandra White MSP has recognised the work of the Equator digital agency in providing a digital classroom to support children and young people at Dunkirk Refugee Camp.
A team from Equator travelled to France in January to deliver and set up the school which will be run by teaching volunteers based at the camp long term.
Around 150 children attend the Children’s Centre at the ‘La Linière’ camp in Grande-Synthe, on the outskirts of Dunkirk which is home to around 1,500 refugees. Many of the children have never received structured education as a result of the disruption to their lives.
Sandra White MSP said, “I was delighted to hear about the work Equator has taken forward to help children in Dunkirk refugee camp; this will have a real lasting impact on these young people fleeing war and suffering.
This critical educational opportunity goes a long way to covering the impact of their missed education and will help to provide opportunity and integration to these young people as they develop.
The refugee crisis risks seeing a generation of young people displaced and will have wider long term implications if not addressed – these inspirational efforts show us what we can all do to make a difference, and I was please to celebrate Equators actions in a motion to the Scottish Parliament”
Motion Number: S5M-04405
Lodged By: Sandra White
Date Lodged: 02/03/2017
Title: Dunkirk Digital Classroom Supporting Young Refugees
That the Parliament notes the creation of a digital classroom for child refugees, which will provide access to learning for children living in the Dunkirk camp in Northern France; understands that the school has been developed by the digital agency company, Equator, and includes a wireless projector, 20 students’ tablets and a teaching pad, plus a range of educational apps aimed at children aged 3 to 18; notes that up to 150 children who have never received structured education as a result of the disruption to their lives will benefit from the scheme, and commends the work of Equator to support and develop children living in refugee camps to help build a future and integration for those fleeing war and suffering.