Joel Baraka

Refugee education innovator
Joel Baraka designed an innovative educational game to support learning for elementary-school children in Ugandan refugee camps.

Why you should listen

Joel Baraka is the founder of My Home Stars, a nonprofit with the mission of making education accessible to refugee children in Uganda. After growing up and attending school in the Kyangwali refugee camp in Uganda, he was driven to improve education access to fellow refugee children. He is the designer of 5 STAZ, an educational board game that aims to get children excited about learning. Inspired by his dad's work, who learned masonry craftsmanship despite no formal education, Baraka pursued a civil engineering degree in college. He hopes to imagine what better living conditions could look like -- both in terms of better housing and better education for communities such as the Kynagwali refugee camp. He is a 2016 Bezos Scholar.

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Future-facing ideas from emerging leaders: TED Talks from the Bezos Scholars

September 15, 2022

The first-ever TED Salon co-created in partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation featured incredible ideas from the Bezos Scholars — extraordinary young people thinking about the future of education, human rights, financial systems and more — as well as some special TED Fellows guests. The result of a years-long collaboration between the Bezos Scholars and […]

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