Girls in particular face major constraints due to safety, through both direct heightened risk in conflict situations and other emergencies, or parents and families restricting girls movements due to concerns over these risks. A new wave of innovations imagines ways for children to learn, safely, while living in emergency environments.
Seeking to improve the physical infrastructure of schools in emergency contexts, some innovations adapt previously non-academic structures, such as caves and bridges, to serve as an academic setting. Those students who reside too far from a safe educational environment could benefit from innovations around transporting students to schools. We are not just seeking innovations that provide physically safe school buildings. Rather, we’re also seeking innovations that address the many other requirements for feeling safe: female-friendly environments, psychosocial support, freedom from school-related violence, etc.
A few innovations that would fit into this category include:
- Crowdsourcing potential locations for a learning environment when traditional schools are no longer an option.
- Crafting new ways to communicate to girls themselves, and their parents, families and guardians the particular emotional, physical, and security needs of girls.
- Developing school-based violence/abuse reporting mechanisms.