Building off expertise working with children affected by crisis, the COVID-19 Response Consortium including Amal Alliance, Karanga, Learning in Times of Crisis: Essence of Learning, Qatar Foundation International, Salzburg Global Seminar, and experts, employs their complementary strengths to provide practical support for the children and caregivers through a comprehensive approach.
The consortium will provide adaptive tools applicable to culture & context for the different age groups that keep in mind that materials are limited, but require a strategic partner to reach the more vulnerable populations that can benefit from such programming. Please note our collective mission is to prioritize child protection above all and immediate support during times of crisis.
Given growing COVID-19 concerns, time is of the essence. Suggested date for podcast distribution is mid-April. Due to the lack of resources so many children are experiencing, the guidance provided can protect affected children, promote resilience in families, and mitigate more long term ramifications. This proposal is to begin in refugee camps and urban communities of displaced populations in Northern Greece & Lebanon. The possibility to scale to other affected areas is high, as it can be applicable to other contexts with the various universal themes covered.
The response will be administered virtually through a podcast series addressing needs of all age groups with different thinking abilities, along with engaging parents in the activities. Podcasts will include different aspects and activities that go with child protection and wellbeing in this COVID-19 crisis and the related topics that also affect learning and the reintegration into schools.
Podcast topics include subjects such as hygiene, empathy, tolerance, coping mechanisms. Worksheets that compliment the podcasts with easy to follow examples of activities will also be distributed via Whatsapp. Through a daily activity, virtual family to family engagement will be cultivated, which fosters expression during the isolation period.