The Amplify Team is excited to announce our Top Ideas from the Refugee Education Challenge. We’ve engaged people from over 140 countries in a truly global conversation on how to improve education and increase educational opportunities for refugees around the world. Along the way, we’ve gained insights into the refugee experience, both from our pre-challenge research and the Community Champions that joined us from the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya – and we’ve combined our expertise and curiosity to push ideas forward with our questions, comments and feedback.
We’ve seen many great ideas though this challenge – from technology based solutions, to improved teacher training to engaging youth through art and play – and selecting our Top Ideas was tough! The list below is the result of our cumulative efforts to try and design a better world, together. Please join us in congratulating the Top Ideas below:
A Bridge to Formal Schooling
Helping students, families and teachers with the successful transition into the Ugandan school system.
Contributed by YARID, a refugee run organization in Kampala.
Literate Youth for Social Development
Using soccer as an entry point for the creation of community libraries that enhance literacy skills for youth in Dolo Ado Camp, Ethiopia.
Contributed by Right to Play.
Using Sport for Social Inclusion and Empowerment
Leveraging existing girls soccer and empowerment groups to provide informal education, mentorship and increase the confidence of community volunteers.
Contributed by Soccer Without Borders in Kampala, Uganda.
Quality Professional Development, Support and Mentoring
Providing teacher training and support through materials, meet ups and technology in Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp.
Contributed by Teachers College, Columbia University faculty and students, in collaboration with UNHCR and the Refugee Teacher Working Group.
Economically Empowering Refugee Women in Nairobi, Kenya
Entrepreneurial training courses and microloans for refugee women in conjunction with case management and psychosocial support.
Contributed by Heshima in Nairobi, Kenya.
We Love Reading
Improving literacy and empowering women through refugee-led reading circles.
Contributed by Taghyeer, an NGO in Jordan.
Little Ripples Ponds
Refugee-led early childhood education provided by women within their homes.
Contributed by i-ACT, an NGO operating in refugee camps in Chad.
Representatives from each of these organizations will be invited to attend a design bootcamp hosted by the Amplify Team later this year. After that, we’ll be selecting the ideas that will receive additional funding and design support – and will announce our Funded Ideas.
Of course, with so many great ideas and connections made during this challenge, we hope this is only the beginning, not only for our Top Ideas, but for all of our ideas! We’d love to know what you are up to, and encourage you to add a story about what you’ve learned, or what you are continuing to work on, on our Impact page.
Our next global challenge begins in September, 2015. We can’t wait to see you again soon!
The Amplify Team