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Global NGO Taps Language Learning Platform to Prepare Refugees for Higher Education


Global NGO Taps Language Learning Platform to Prepare Refugees for Higher Education

Successful pilot pairs breakthrough technology from Voxy with Jusoor's humanitarian mission to equip Syrian refugees with language skills that support educational and career development

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NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Jusoor, an international humanitarian NGO committed to empowering Syrian youth, today announced its collaboration with language learning pioneer, Voxy, to help hundreds of refugees improve their English language skills. After just three months of instruction, which included over 1,000 live lessons, nearly 80 percent of the refugee learners improved their proficiency level, moving from Elementary to Intermediate, according to the Common European Framework of Reference.


"This partnership represents a commitment to expanding access to educational opportunities for learners who have been separated from family and friends, with nowhere to call home," said Katharine Nielson, Chief Education Officer of Voxy. "We are proud to apply the transformative potential of innovative language learning technology to maximize the reach of an NGO that understands the people - and dynamics - on the ground."

According to the State Department, the U.S. has re-settled just 44 Syrian refugees in FY 2018; down from nearly 6,000 during the same period last year.

"Our leadership and on-ground teams have been impressed with the outcomes of this initiative," said Rania Succar, Board Director for Jusoor. "Voxy provides an effective way for these students to learn the language, and it gives them the confidence they need to make the leap to higher education, despite extraordinary odds."

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About Voxy
Voxy provides personalized English language instruction to educational institutions, governments, and corporations across the globe. Based on more than 30 years of academic research, Voxy's solution meets the needs of each language learner by combining patented technology that adapts lessons in real time with personalized live instruction—all delivered in a fully mobile experience. Launched in 2010, it has been used by millions of learners and hundreds of institutions in over 50 different countries. Voxy's innovative approach has been recognized by major media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, and CNN. Backed by leading investors in education and  technology, Voxy is headquartered in New York City and has offices in São Paulo, Mexico City, and Singapore.

About Jusoor 
Jusoor is an NGO of Syrian expatriates and international staff helping Syrian youth realize their potential through programs in the fields of education, career development, and global community engagement. Jusoor is registered as a charity in each of the US, UK, and Canada, and is a non-political organization.

Over the past six years, Jusoor has enabled nearly 500 university students to complete their degrees around the world. We have enrolled 3,500 children in our primary schools, giving them the gift of a basic education. We have employed 75 refugees in our schools in Lebanon, safeguarding a key part of the Syrian labor force and investing in refugee communities.  And our entrepreneurship program, now in its third year, has trained and inspired nearly 1,000 Syrian youth.  By investing in these children and youth, we are preparing a generation of change agents to be able to return to Syria and play a role in rebuilding every sector of society, from healthcare to education to business to governmental institutions. 

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