Rudayna Abdo is an expert at envisioning, managing, and tailoring solutions to challenging housing, land use, and urban transportation issues across diverse urban geographies. Her passion lies in empowering people and striving for social equity. She has a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from MIT, a master’s degree in Urban Planning from McGill University, and is a graduate of Amsterdam’s THNK School of Creative Leadership. She recently established Thaki, an NGO that aims to empower refugee and disadvantaged children to learn and thrive through self-paced, motivational electronic tools. Thaki distributes donated computers, loaded with educational content, to centers that are working directly with children. www.thaki.org
This paper lays out the role that technology, as a tool, and non-formal schools, as enablers, can play in addressing the challenge of educating refugee children in Lebanon as the Syrian crisis enters its eighth year.