According to UNESCO, in 2016 93% of the 22.5 million refugees lived mobile-networked areas, 39 percent of the homes had internet connectivity ability (UNESCO, March 2018.). And, in a 2017 joint policy paper, UNESCO and Global Education Monitoring Report showed that if everyone completed primary and secondary school education, global poverty could be reduced by half. Overall it is complex picture comprised of many socio-political-economic factors and outcomes.
Within this realm, organizations such as Google and Unicef (among others) have set up funding programs for non profit work in education technology. It will be important to monitor if corporate investment in this specific education technology sector is a trend, and whether it grows.
Against this backdrop, here is my snapshot of current and future technology trends that can advance education in underserved regions.