Global Learners Capacity Building Project

Location:
Houston, Texas USA

Status:
Active

Duration:

June 2018-May 2019

Description and Impact:

WEF collaborated with the Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugee PAIR to engage refugee youth in educational mentoring after-school programs through the integration of app-based literacy, numeracy, tutoring, and enrichment programs.
Global Learners after-school and summer programs serve over 100 refugee students from three Houston Independent School District (HISD) middle schools with high refugee populations: Las Americas Newcomer School, Jane Long Academy, and Revere Middle School. Students in these programs do not have personal computers, and students are not provided individual access to laptops in HISD middle schools.
Granted this lack of access, Global Learners’ programs have limited capacity to effectively utilize web-based educational software and program evaluation apps that will support students’ academics and streamline program evaluation. This project integrated 18 tablets, six were assigned to each program. Tablets are used by students in multiple ways to incorporate tutoring, research, and computer literacy components.

This project integrated English and math app-based tutoring programs with students during academic/ tutoring time each day in the program. Tablets are made available for students to help them with homework that require access to the internet. PAIR tablets are also equipped with learning apps so that students could practice English and math skills during homework time. During the last quarter:

68% of students reported that they used the tablets for homework, math or English apps, or both.
43% reported using the tablets at least once a week at PAIR.