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Stephen Downes

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This is an article that raises as many questions as it answers, but despite that, it points to the importance of flexible approaches to provide access to online learning to children affected by conflict and strife (of which we've had no shortage over the last year or so). Author Aisha Schnellmann stresses the importance of a local connection supporting online learning initiatives, as well as an adaptive approach to delivery. "We had to build an app that supported old smartphones and required minimal data to download." Left unanswered were questions about what happens when it's too dangerous for in-person meetings, or when the governing authority denies education to girls, or when local sensitivity to content verges on indoctrination. But this simply underlines the importance of these initiatives, rather than undermining their value.

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