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The right to digital literacy

Thaki

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Thaki advances digital inclusion and bridges learning gaps by providing laptops with preloaded educational content for refugee and underserved communities in the Middle East. We leverage the circular economy to collect laptops no longer needed by corporates then repurpose them for refugee and vulnerable youth by adding multilingual interactive content available offline.
Rudayna Abdo, Founder
“The only thing you can take with you is your education”

Rudayna Abdo, Founder

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Innovation Overview

STUDENTS
Target Group
22 500
Children/Users
4
Countries
2015
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
391
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Updated on June 28th, 2022
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Why did you create this innovation?

A daughter of refugees herself, Rudayna founded Thaki as a technology-based social enterprise that repurposes donated laptops and loads them with rich educational content and tools to support refugee, vulnerable children and youth in the Middle East. It is an offline solution for many who live in areas with limited or no internet connectivity.

How does your innovation work in practice?

Thaki’s model is an innovative green approach that creates socially responsible, public private partnerships that work towards addressing the educational crisis in the region.Thaki engages the private sector through donations of gently used e-devices, allowing it to take an active role in addressing one of the region’s most pressing issues and equipping teachers and children with future-focused skills.
How Thaki Works:
1-Collect Gently Used Electronics.
We collect gently used electronic devices from corporations & institutions.
2-Load Devices With Educational Content.
We have developed a bespoke software platform that integrates a variety of highly informative & interactive educational content.
3-Distribute To Educational Centers.
We then distribute the devices to education centers that work with refugee & vulnerable children.
4-Provide Support All The Way.
We provide tools & training resources to support teachers & learners with their learning journeys and to gain digital literacy.

How has it been spreading?

The Thaki model serves as a bridge connecting under-equipped learners with the resources they need to build the skills and aptitudes vital for success in today’s global marketplace.

We reach those in need of devices through forging relationships with partner organizations in our target communities. In the past seven years we estimate that over 22,500 children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to build their digital skills, have learned on a Thaki device through our 70+ partner schools, community centers, NGOs and other organizations.

Replicable and scalable in a variety of settings, Thaki’s model involves stakeholders present in communities across the globe; those who have devices they no longer need, those who need devices, and those willing to connect the two.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Anyone can help by donating laptops that can have a second life of high impact. You can reach out to us on our email or social media platforms.

Contact us for a virtual tour of the Thaki app (for the user experience on the laptop). For our teacher-focused training platform, the Teacher Digital Toolkit, anyone from anywhere can access the platform at tdt.thaki.org.

Research

HundrED Academy Review

This program has the potential to grow quickly simply by increasing the amount of corporations/donors willing to repurpose their outdated laptops. It's a thoughtful idea!

- HundrED Academy Member

One of the best aspects of this idea is the pre-loaded educational content so students with no internet connectivity can still access it. I love the impact this will have on students whose learning has been impeded by political or economic crises.

- HundrED Academy Member
IMPACT & SCALABILITY
Thaki empowers refugee and vulnerable children to learn and thrive through self-paced, motivational electronic educational tools. By embedding a circular economy model which recycles laptops no longer used by corporations, this initiative has a high potential to scalable. The preloaded educational content facilitates access to education without internet connection.
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Milestones

Achievements & Awards

November 2021
HundrED 2022
May 2021
Thaki received follow-on funding from General Motors.
March 2021
Thaki received the The Atlas Network and Arab Liberty Festival award for our in the fight against the COVID 19 pandemic.
March 2021
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
December 2020
Thaki founder, Rudayna Abdo, was recognized among seven changemakers to watch in 2021 who are moving people and planet towards better futures by the THNK School of Creative Leadership.
September 2020
Andan Prize for Innovation for Refugee Inclusion under the MIT Solve submission.
September 2020
GM Prize on Learning for Girls & Women and Good Jobs & Inclusive Entrepreneurship, supported by General Motors under the MIT Solve submission.
September 2020
MIT Solve Award for our unique and innovative approach to the present and future of educating girls and women under the Learning for Girls & Women Challenge.
July 2020
Thaki won the participants prize Impact Prize contest in 2020 held by Kiron to showcase people and organizations doing extraordinary things for displaced communities.
July 2017
Thaki founder, Rudayna Abdo, won the 2017 TEDxAmsterdamEd Award.
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