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Tackling digital exclusion among disadvantaged adolescents in Jordan

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Written by Nicola Jones

Research reports

Recognition that access to digital connectivity, tools and services is fundamental to inclusion and participation in society has grown exponentially over the last five years, including for persons affected by forced displacement and socially disadvantaged young people.

This report presents findings from a rapid qualitative research assessment of UNICEF Jordan’s digital inclusion programme for vulnerable Jordanians, Palestinian and Syrian refugees attending Makani centres undertaken in July and August 2021. The programme distributed tablets and 10GB of monthly data to 10,000 vulnerable households in order to help address the digital divide and support access to online education and learning as well to life skills and other non-formal education programming. Drawing on in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with adolescents and their parents, this report explores the effects that the tablet distribution initiative has had in terms of education and learning, access to information and services, as well as to peers and mentors.

Authors: Nicola Jones, Taghreed Alabadi, Sarah Alheiwidi, Wafa Al Amaireh, Qasem Shareef, Faisal Alshammari, Agnieszka Małachowska and Elizabeth Presler-Marshall