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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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Photo of Tracy Winfrey

Thank you so much Ashley and the OpenIdeo team for featuring our idea :) Indeed my team and I are thrilled to be part of this wonderful platform that has opened up our minds and challenged ourselves to think outside of the box to come up with solutions that are so critically needed by different communities in PNG. GBV is a huge problem in PNG and Milne Bay province is no exception. As evidence shows, rates of GBV have gone up in humanitarian settings. This innovation would be a first to link humanitarian response as well as GBV response to report cases in real time as well as collect and analyse data through the 'Rapid Pro' mobile phone open platform. Thank you so much OpenIdeo and MIKTA for giving us this opportunity to bring this idea one more step closer to fruition.

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Photo of Mary

My favourite part here. I really like Asia connected articles. Great job Ashely.

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Photo of Buddha Burman

Thank you @Ashley & OpenIDEO Team for featuring our solution on the blog its means a lot to the team and give us energy & motivation to do more work for the community. We are really Excited & committed for the cause.

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Photo of sewa

Thank you OpenIDEO and Ashley for featuring us on this platform. I must appreciate the team who is very active.

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Photo of WilliamEtheridge1993

I think that developing in the direction of Asia is the best decision we can do. We have to try to educate in each region!

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Photo of Ashley Tillman

Thanks William for sharing. Hopefully see you on the platform soon!