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Title: Computer-enabled project spaces: Connecting with palestinian refugees across camp boundaries
Authors: Yerousis, George 
Aal, Konstantin 
Von Rekowski, Thomas 
Randall, David W. 
Rohde, Markus 
Wulf, Volker 
Keywords: Technology and education - Palestine;Education - Data processing - Palestine;Computer literacy - Palestine
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Come_IN computer clubs are an established approach to support inter-cultural and intergenerational learning in German neighborhoods. We explore the adaptation of the come_IN concept to the Palestinian context as a means to bridge the social and economic divide that has plagued West Bank society for a period of more than six decades. Social exclusion, political conflicts and prolonged military occupation have kept the refugee camps in a perpetual state of marginalization. In this paper we report on our work in Al Amari– a Palestinian refugee camp adjacent to the city of Ramallah. We examine how the computer club enables the emergence of social ties among residents of the camp and university students acting as tutors. Even though the ties are small-scale and informal, they have the potential to generate new and wider opportunities for exchange that may eventually support more social integration between the camp's marginalized population and the wider Palestinian population.
DOI: 10.1145/2702123.2702283
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