Start with the parents
In refugee camps, start by training the parents to teach their children in small groups.
What problem does your innovation solve?
In a camp of 80,000 people, often at least half are children in need of education. It is often logistically impossible to set up schools for all the children within a reasonable time frame. This inovation would bring some degree of education to many of the children much faster.
Explain your innovation.
Facilitators with suitable training would come to a refugee camp, preferably soon after the refugees arrive. They would do some initial research to identify those adults in the camp who are literate and have some level of education. The facilitators would then start working with these adults in the afternoon/evening, and after a first week of classes, these adults would start teaching the children in the mornings. This would involve the provision of basic books and a white board or chalk board for each group.
This would benefit the whole community, adult and children alike. In some cultures it might be necessa to insist on half the children in the group being girls as a condition of providing the materials.
How is your innovation unique?
My experience has been in one refugee camp, which I have visited 4 times. As far as I can see, there is little being done to train the parents/adults to teach the children.
Tell us more about you.
I work for a Christian NGO, and my experience is mainly in Africa.
What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?
Emergency Setting - Elaborate