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What problem does your innovation solve?

Kids who are displaced or in emergency situations often find themselves in a daily struggle to survive. So education takes the back seat. Many such kids, even in future years, must find the motivation to seek an education and to stay the course. My idea motivates kids to learn, because they choose education pathways that turn them into "junior" service providers with improved social standing in their families/communities. Pathways towards professions. Thus, reinforcing importance of education.

Explain your innovation.

Kids are encouraged to approach education "pathways" that qualify them to offer useful and often-necessary support services within their migrant/displaced/temporarily-housed communities. Such pathways include, for instance, Junior healthcare surveyor (utilizes math, writing, record keeping, teamwork, etc) Junior nurse aide (utilizes biology, first aid, record keeping, nutrition, etc) Junior engineer (STEM, public works projects in refugee camps, etc) Junior educator (teaching the less-literate kids) Junior art activist (art, social work, teamwork, etc), Junior agriculturalist (growing food, hydroponics, biology, etc) Junior journalist (writing, interviewing, photography, internet and social media, etc) Such educational pathways motivate kids and also help them play a bigger, better role in their families and communities. They learn to identify problems, propose solutions, and develop design thinking in the process (hat tip to Ivan!) While it may not be possible to find enough staff and teaching resources to "train" kids for their specific pathways, the curriculum may be designed to incorporate common elements as well as elements specific to each pathway. For example, math problems on fractions can be themed differently for the junior nurse aide pathway compared to the junior agriculturalist pathway. Mentorship for pathways can come from professionals who are already there working in emergency relief, or are retired and interested in volunteering as teach

Who benefits?

The children benefit, their families and their immediate communities also benefit.

How is your innovation unique?

This motivates children by showing them how their education and training will launch them into useful roles within their families/communities and prepare them for future professions.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

tbd. I invite collaborators to join this idea.

Tell us more about you.

Individual. I invite collaborators to join this idea.

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Natural disaster
  • Prolonged displacement
  • Extreme drought

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

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Where will your innovation be implemented?

Turkey. Indonesia. Mexico.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • No, not yet.

In-country Networks

Still seraching

Sector Expertise

  • I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for less than a year.

Sector Expertise - Elaborate

Some teaching experience.

Innovation Maturity

  • Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Organization Status

  • We are not registered but plan to in the future.

Organization Location

USA

Website

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I believe that collaboration is the best way forward because all the proposals have something good to offer. I wish the final selection criteria would involve a merger of the best points in most of the ideas because while most are promising, none is perfect and can do with a different contribution complementing the process to obtain 200% success rate. For example, the idea of girls making reusable sanitary towels, can work well with the idea of educhips that contain information on the process alongside all the ideas that include peer education and community empowerment so that communities not only have information but also the means to share the information. In summary, your point of inviting collaboration make this the most open platform that will ensure success in the implementation of the challenge.

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