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Refugee Program


Life-changing learning for refugee children

We partner with refugee-led organizations to implement tablet programs in community-run schools. These programs are co-designed and co-financed with our community partners, building local expertise and ensuring long-term sustainability. 

During the 2023 Global Refugee Forum, Imagine pledged to expand our programming in refugee settings. We aim to serve an additional 5,000 refugee learners in 2024. 

State of Education for refugee children

Of the world’s 43.3 million refugee children today, just 50% have access to formal education.

Those that are in school face practical challenges of overcrowding and under-resourcing, with the vast majority of children not attaining basic literacy and numeracy skills. Our program is uniquely suited to overcome the challenges of refugee settings. By leveraging tablet-based learning we offer high-quality, inclusive education content that can adapt to the unique contexts, learning needs, and languages of refugee children. 

While protracted refugee situations can last decades, refugee education is largely financed from emergency funds, leaving little room for long-term planning. We have a community-driven approach that makes quality education accessible in a sustainable way to all refugee children.

“Education enables refugee children and youth to thrive, not just survive.”

Filippo Grande (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
Refugee Program Impact At a Glance

Children Served




Early Pilots and Evidence-Building in refugee settings

Since our founding, Imagine has worked to bring tablet-based learning to refugee settings around the world. Our model builds on years of experience in refugee settings in Malawi, Tanzania, and Bangladesh and aims to scale to 5,000 additional refugee learners this year. 


We provide tablet learning to over 1,250 grade 1-4 students on a daily basis. Initial research at this site focused on assessing learning gains of children whose first language was not English. Learners at this site currently use tablets in English, French and Swahili. 

  • Location: Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi
  • Number of Learners to Date: 2,500
  • Community Partner: Holistic Focus for the Marginalized (HFM)

We provide tablet learning to over 1,000 out-of-school children on a daily basis. Learners aged 4-14 visit the youth center for an hour per day to use the tablets. In Dzaleka, over 10,000 school-aged children do not have access to formal education. 

  • Location: Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi
  • Number of Learners to Date: 1,350
  • Community Partner: Salama Africa

We provided tablet learning to out-of-school and newly arrived children. Initial research at this site provided tablet learning to 600 students and assessed what delivery model best serves out-of-school children in emergency crisis situations. (Download research brief)

  • Location: Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
  • Number of Learners to Date: 600
  • Community Partner: International Rescue Committee (IRC)

We provided tablet learning to children during school holidays and term breaks. Initial research at this site provided tablet learning to 1,800 children and assessed what learning gains could be made in an 8-week holiday period. 

  • Location: Nyarugusu, Tanzania
  • Number of Learners to Date: 1,800
  • Community Partner: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Refugee Program Partners

We partner with Refugee-Led Organizations (RLOs) to ensure culturally relevant and community-driven support for refugee education.

Our co-financing model ensures that Imagine’s initial investment in solar power and tablets catalyzes long-term, sustainable education programming, empowering refugee communities for years to come.

Holistic Focus for the Marginalized
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Bangladesh Tanzania
Implementation Research
Burkina Faso Ghana Liberia Malawi Senegal Sierra Leone Tanzania
Salama Africa