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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
12 450
Children/Users
3
Countries
2015
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
164
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Updated on September 28th, 2021
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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 five years we estimate that over 12,000 children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to build their digital skills, have learned on a Thaki device through our 40+ 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 and see how a small action can become a promise of a better future for another person.

Milestones

Achievements & Awards

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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