The Pi4L Pilot is an e-learning (electronic) programme that aims to provide access to quality education to Syrian refugees and underserved communities at large. The overarching goal of Pi4L is to build the capacity of educators so that they can provide quality learning to a larger number of children by increasing their level of autonomy and computer literacy skills.

The Pi4L Pilot is a partnership between UNICEF and the International Education Association (IEA) and was implemented from July 2014 to April 2015, in partnership with Ana Aqra, AVSI, Beyond, and Mouvement Social in four locations - Tyre, Nabatieh, Zahle and Beirut respectively. The Pi4L pilot programme has reached 158 Syrian refugee children, with an average of 50% girls.


The Pi4L Pilot is a partnership between International Education Association (IEA) , UNICEF-Lebanon and the College of Teachers in London.  

The Pilot commenced implementation from July 2014, in partnership with four delivery agencies: Ana Aqra, AVSI, Beyond, and Mouvement Social. 

It is an e-learning (electronic) program that aims to provide access to quality education to underserved communities at large. The overarching goal of Pi4L is to build the capacity of educators so that they can provide quality learning to a larger number of children by increasing their level of autonomy and computer literacy skills. The pilot was addressed to Syrian refugees and implemented in four locations: Beirut, Tyre, Nabatieh and Zahle 

Pi4L is designed on the following three underlying principles

Partners’ ownership is vital for e-learning success

Integrated pedagogy is the pillar of quality e-learning

Autonomy and quality e-learning give a higher return on investment (ROI)

The technology consists of Pi4L Labs, KA Lite and Scratch software.

Pi4L Labs include 12 to 25 Raspberry Pi stations, a server-laptop used to synchronize students’ practice with KA Lite online servers as required, a LCD screen linked to the server-laptop which is used in Pi4L lesson demonstration and a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply).

KA Lite, is an offline application optimized to function as a delivery tool without the need for continuous internet connectivity using the teachers’ laptops as local servers to run Khan Academy videos and practice lessons.

Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and serves as an introduction to visual programming.

The content of the Pi4L curriculum combines three interdependent learning tracks dedicated for students learning outcomes:

  • Basic Numeracy skills
  • Visual programming
  • Real-life themes based on UNICEF’s social and health awareness curriculum

A fourth track dedicated for teacher professional development

The pedagogy is an integrated approach, combining unplugged activities, teacher-led and autonomous activities, which are interdependent and designed to foster deep, authentic and autonomous learning.  

The integrated curricular content provides a coinciding set of unplugged and kinaesthetic lessons, digital resources, tutorials, lesson plans, student cards and Scratch applications for each theme.