Apps Factory

An innovative smartphone game that helps Syrian children learn foundational Arabic and improves psychosocial well-being

Apps Factory

An innovative smartphone game that helps Syrian children learn foundational Arabic and improves psychosocial well-being


Project Name

Feed the Monster

Location Implemented

Global

Technology Used

Software/Apps

Competition Entered

EduApp4Syria Prize

Reading Skill Targeted

Foundational, Reading

Status

Winner

Amount Award

$650,000 (innovative tender)

Collaborators/Partners

The project is a collaboration between three partner entities: Apps Factory will develop, publish, and roll out the app, collect usability data, implement modifications of the game, and support additional language versioning. The Center for Educational Technology brings longstanding experience and expertise in developing content, methods and techniques to teach Arabic language acquisition. The humanitarian organization, International Rescue Committee (IRC), guides the technical approach and design of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) elements and content and will provide technical guidance as well as evaluation and testing of the application with Syrian refugee children.

The Challenge

Approximately 2.25 million Syrian children have lost their opportunities for schooling because of the ongoing conflict. Many Syrian children who attend school face difficulties in learning, because they have endured long-term stress, or because they are being taught in a language they do not master.

The Big Idea

Feed the Monster smartphone game guides children through learning the Arabic alphabet to vowels, words, and then reading short paragraphs drawn from the Syrian Arabic language arts curriculum. It improves the psycho-social wellbeing of children by introducing them to skills and techniques that help them manage their emotions through the use of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)) mini games.

Results

Feed the Monster is free to download on the App Store and Google Play

Blogs and Media

Research and Resources

Connect with the Innovator

Website

https://www.feedthemonsterapp.com/

Organization Type

For Profit

Headquarters

Bucharest, Romania

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