IN A NUTSHELL

We are passionate professionals that innovate to provide education to refugees

GET TO KNOW ALIIM

ALIIM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, headquartered in New York City. Aliim leverages technology and mentorship to provide greater access to safe, quality, and relevant educational opportunities for refugees and marginalized youth affected by conflict or living in post-conflict settings.

ALIIM’s Smartphone Schools Program is the first mobile learning program that aims to empower Syrian refugee girls aged 12-16 living in the Levant or migrating to other regions of the world, to continue their education and access better economic opportunities through technology and a global network of mentors. We have developed a theoretical framework to contextualize our curriculum in order to better address the specific needs of Syrian refugees–with a focus on girls–and adapt to the resources available in a particular conflict-affected setting.

This new program, emphasizes conflict resilience and life skills, including basic literacy, numeracy, English language and entrepreneurial skills. ALIIM believes that these skills become the building blocks to reconstructing individual lives, helping communities get back on their feet, and paving the way for new economic activity to flourish after war.

OUR STORY

From the United States to Lebanon, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Uganda, Aliim’s team members leverage technology to improve access to education for marginalized youth. Combined, Aliim has over 40 years of experience in finance, marketing, management consulting, human rights law, ecommerce, engineering, teaching, curriculum design, programing, strategic planning, evaluations, data analysis, fundraising, and program implementation. Together we design, implement, and monitor mobile learning programs that improve access to education and empower marginalized youth to become self-sufficient contributors to the economy and society as a whole.

GLOBAL TEAM

Janae Bushman

Janae Bushman

FOUNDER & CEO

USA

Janae has a MA in international education development policy from Columbia University and has worked for UNESCO, UNICEF, the Institute of International Education, the International Rescue Committee, and the Ministry of Social Development in Jordan

Chad Holland

Chad Holland

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

USA

Chad  has over 13 years experience managing successful digital analytics, digital marketing, ecommerce experience

Joshua Ewo Moi

Joshua Ewo Moi

NUMERACY CURRICULUM

UGANDA

Joshua designs secondary math curriculum for the MoE in Uganda and previously worked at the Japan International Cooperation Agency

Safia Ahmedou

Safia Ahmedou

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & TECHNOLOGY

GERMANY

Safia has an MA in European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris and a Magister of Law from Nanterre University. She is a refugee counselor in Berlin and is active in the German section of Amnesty International with a special focus on Forced Migrations

Michael Carson

Michael Carson

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

USA

MIchael has an MPA in Economic Development, Leadership from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and is the Managing Director at Innovation for Empowerment

Bassel Akar

Bassel Akar

CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK

LEBANON

Bassel has a PhD in citizenship education from the Institute of Education, University of London and has led research and development activities on peace education for UNICEF and UNESCO. He is the Director of the Center for Applied Research in Education at the University of Notre Dame Louaize, Lebanon

Evaline Schot

Evaline Schot

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

NETHERLANDS

Evaline works for the Arab Network for Tolerance and previously worked for Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

Burak Erhan

Burak Erhan

MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

USA

Burak has a MBA from NYU and currently works in Financial Management Company in New York City. He previously worked for Deloitte Consulting and Cantor Fitzgerald

Vicente Garcia

Vicente Garcia

IMPACT EVALUATION SPECIALIST

MEXICO

Vicente received a PhD in Economics and Education from Columbia University and has over 10 years of experience working for the World Bank