The Road to School

The Road to School

Organisation: Interactive Things (Switzerland)

Publication Date: 04/07/2017

Size of team/newsroom:small


The Road to School is a data-driven story about the impact of the Syrian civil war on the access to education of the affected children of this region. A written narration, which follows the timeline and development of the conflict, is combined with a simple yet dynamic visualization of the amount of affected children. The piece can be seen as a combination of explanatory and exploratory visualization techniques. The linear interaction through scrolling allows for very easy access and simple navigation. This keeps the reader's focus on the content of the text on one side, and the quantities visualized on the other. The narration is further enhanced through atmospheric audio, a technique not often used anymore. The laughter of children is interrupted by the blast of airstrikes as the reader progresses through the development of the conflict. Immersing the reader deeply into the context of the story.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

We believe that education and literacy is the most important tool each person in our world can have, and it is currently being taken away from millions of Syrian children. This data visualization and storytelling experience address this issue and aims to sensitizes the target audience to it.

Technologies used for this project:

The website «The Road to School» is built entirely in HTML, CSS, and JS using the React.js and D3.js libraries.
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