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Join us in celebrating the ideas from Amplify's Refugee Education Challenge!

In the Refugee Education Challenge,  Amplify has partnered with UNICEF and UNHCR to ask people and organizations around the world to design education solutions that help refugees learn new skills and gain access to quality education.

Over 50 million people globally have been forced to flee their homes – leaving behind their schools, jobs and communities. Men, women and children must start again, either in new regions of their home countries or in host countries around the world. 

Amid uncertainty about the future, one thing is for sure: refugees need skills and information to help them adjust to their new circumstances, integrate into communities and thrive. Students need access to quality schools, teachers and books. Others need ways to complete interrupted education, learn new languages or train for new vocations. Put simply, failing to meet these needs has the potential to put entire generations at risk.

The experience of each refugee is unique, but we have captured a glimpse of the challenges they face here. We believe that together, we can design solutions that meaningfully improve educational opportunities for refugees, everywhere.

Amplify challenges are made possible with funding from the UK Department for International Development. Learn more about our challenges here.

Check out the Top Ideas from our Refugee Education Challenge here

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About Our Sponsors

The Amplify program is funded by the UK Department for International Development. In the Refugee Education Challenge, we've also partnered with UNICEF and UNHCR's Innovation and Education units, who are providing technical assistance and expertise. It is our intention that some of our Funded Ideas will be implemented in partnership with these two organizations, either through their existing partners or through partnerships formed over the course of the challenge. UNICEF and UNHCR will also be opening a joint fund that Amplify Funded Idea winners will be eligible to apply to, provided they demonstrate potential for scale at the time of the call for proposals. More details on this will be announced at the end of the challenge.

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Guiding Principles

This challenge is a global conversation and we trust that everyone will approach it with empathy and respect. In general we have found that keeping comments optimistic, solution-focused and sensitive to different cultural contexts helps to create an environment where everyone's opinions are welcome. Keeping this in mind throughout the design process will help us to collaborate and design better, together.

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Challenge Administrators

Chioma Ume, Challenge Manager

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Shane Zhao, Community Manager

Do you want to get involved in this challenge?

We follow a process with phases. Currently we are in the Impact phase. You can participate by adding stories on the impact of this challenge.
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376 ideas
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