In addition, children in emergency situations need to quickly learn additional life skills related to health, nutrition, safety, and well-being. The International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)’s Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery, mandate that “culturally, socially, and linguistically relevant curricula are used to provide formal and non-formal education, appropriate to the particular context and needs of learners.” Ensuring that educational content is both accessible to all children and also tailored to the specific context of application is especially difficult in an emergency setting.
We are looking for innovations that utilize context-specific teaching methods and materials that empower learners, celebrate diversity, combat discrimination, and ensure all children have access to the highest quality education, even in the midst of emergency situations. For instance, high-quality educational content should be equally accessible to girls and boys, to children suffering from an earthquake aftermath and those in a refugee camp; to children with disabilities and those who are advanced learners. It could take advantage of existing and emerging technology solutions to enhance interaction, ease usability or ensure content generation is more efficient and sustainable.
A few innovations that would fit into this category include:
- Developing online training content easily adapted for use with children with disabilities.
- Using existing technology to increase educational content’s appeal and interactivity for children.
- Launching a tool to adapt high-quality educational content to local languages, cultures, etc.