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MIKTA Education in Emergencies Challenge Themes and Inspiration Part II

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Designing for educational success in the Asia Pacific Region

The Asia Pacific region is particularly susceptible to natural disasters and climate-related events, which are predicted to increase in the years to come. There are many exciting and innovative ideas within the MIKTA Education in Emergencies Challenge Shortlist, and we wanted to take a moment to celebrate another subset of Ideas that emerged tackling this important topic: a focus on the Asia Pacific Region. 

We saw ideas in this region focused on engaging entire communities, designing sustainable education technologies, and region-specific data collection - and we are excited to share them with you!

iLearn4Fun is solving for the challenge: how might we help children – displaced by climate change and weather related events – have access to appropriate educational content in their mother tongue? To solve this they created a mobile app in local languages to teach reading and an online library for communities from the South Pacific

Seeds is solving for the challenge: how might we provide learning spaces after a natural disaster when resources are scarce? They are doing this through a community-led design process to create a first responders “Pop-Up Schools” model in Nepal.

UN Women and UNICEF is solving for the challenge: how might we disseminate critical information in disaster prone parts of Papua New Guinea? Using a cost effective, mobile phone technology in these hard to reach areas they hope to provide a gender responsive disaster preparedness and gender-based violence data collection and response system.

The University of Newcastle and their regional schools network is solving for the challenge: how might we support students at each stage of a crisis – from crisis preparedness through formal education after crisis occurs - in Fiji, Bangladesh, Indonesia & Australia? They are doing this by building a network of educational first responders pop-up schools. 

Connecting the Disconnected is solving for the challenge: how might we provide sustainable education despite infrastructure failure for children in a crisis setting? They are doing this by providing portable, solar-powered solution, which includes the hardware, software and local interactive educational content to create a digital classroom, beginning in rural areas of the Himalayas.

Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) is solving for the challenge: how might we support children who have lost their parents and had to leave the educational system due to insecurity after internal conflicts? They are tackling this problem through community-wide training and support to help children achieve long term education goals in India, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka.

Sputnique is solving for the challenge: how might we meet students' educational needs in refugee camps and environments where physical education structures are not always available? They are tackling this through a solar-powered, internet connected, multimedia classroom-in-a-backpack to support education of children in the most remote areas of Bangladesh and Southeast Asia.

Interested in reading Part I, focused on designing for girls? Check it out here.

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Well you have pointed out that we need to make app a local language app for students so that they can learn about the climatically changes happening in world. But my question is most of the 3rd world countries don’t have the necessary means to use mobile let alone mobile. You need to manually teach them the usage of mobile and apps. I have been through remote areas and there is a lot of development require in those areas. With my educational platform of: I have visited India, Pakistan, Africa and some of the other region where I have learned that they are not aware of the technology. So if they don’t know about it then they can’t even learn through the app at all. You need a ground force first to help the children’s if you really want to help them.

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