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Custom-made digital game-based learning to bridge the education gap for conflict-affected children

Can't Wait to Learn

location_on Sudan
Can’t Wait to Learn delivers tailored education through immediate, research-driven, curriculum-based gaming technology on tablet computers. Uniquely, the games are co-created by children to be culturally, contextually and curricula appropriate. Findings to date show that Can’t Wait to Learn works; the model demonstrates improved and faster learning outcomes at a lower cost than other approaches.
Filbert, Teacher, Mvepi Refugee Settlement, Uganda
With Can't Wait to Learn, the children are getting more knowledge than what we as the teachers give them in class. The technique in the tablets makes our work wonderful and marvellous.

Filbert, Teacher, Mvepi Refugee Settlement, Uganda


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Updated on February 1st, 2021
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Education in their hands

Millions of children worldwide miss out on education. Affected by war and conflict, multiple barriers prevent them from unlocking their potential. War Child Holland designed Can't Wait to Learn to tackle this problem. It is a curriculum-based, context-specific solution, which brings together the know-how of locally based education stakeholders, such as Ministries of Education, international and community-based organisations alongside international expertise in software development, game development and design.

Findings to date show that Can’t Wait to Learn works; children learn, and they learn fast. In Sudan, children participating in Can’t Wait to Learn improved nearly twice as much in maths and almost three times as much in reading as those using traditional approaches. They also learned at roughly twice the rate of their peers in government alternative learning programs. In Lebanon, on average children playing Can't Wait to Learn improved their math mastery score by 7% in just twelve weeks.

Can’t Wait to Learn has already been adopted by Education in Emergencies sector leaders in Jordan, Lebanon, Uganda and Sudan, with start-up in Chad beginning June 2019.  There is huge potential for scaling up globally, to open up a new world for millions of children, many of whom have never been to school; the world of learning. 


Achievements & Awards

May 2019
Selected as a finalist in the 2019 Games for Change Awards in the category ‘Most Significant Impact'
March 2019
Laureate of the 2018 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT in Education
October 2018
2018 Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation Public Award for Best Humanitarian Innovation

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