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"Digital " Emergency stand by Teachers- Response to the Malawi Floods Emergency 2015

Trained stand-by teachers equipped with psycho-social support, teaching and learning skills and provide digital monitoring and learning.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Emergencies will almost for certain happen. As a result learning for children is almost always disrupted. As part of emergency preparedness, this project proposes the use of stand by teachers trained in real time monitoring, teaching and learning, educational supplies distribution and management and community mobilization. Also the teachers will provide a digital based resource multi-media learning using low tech solar powered school/technology in box. The box will provide a screen to project video lessons and entertainment for the distressed learners. A lap top will assist in lesson preparation and can be used as a teaching aid. A smart phone will be used to collect learner data, provide GPS location, make daily reports via sms and send video and pictures via the whatsup platform. This project is inspired by the on-going work being done by 186 volunteer teachers in 8 districts that were most affected by flooding disaster in Malawi from January 2015 to date. The initial project involved 26 teachers deployed to camps and was later scaled up to reach 150 schools. This project proposes to improve the innovation by improving the training and "digital" classroom component.

WHO BENEFITS?

The project will benefit 221 schools and reach 226,000 learners that are frequently affected by the flooding disaster in 15 districts in Malawi. The project will be implemented by the Education Emergency Cluster that is led by the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, UNICEF and Save the Children. Malawi experienced flooding in 2013 and 2015. This project will provide emergency readiness.

PROTOTYPE

The project was developed with an initial 26 teachers then scaled up to 150 teachers. The key technology components added were real time monitoring system to run surveys among the teachers in the affected areas, use of whatsup and sms, and eventually having a situation room to monitor and respond to leaners needs using the volunteer teachers. Recently, the team is now able to send supplies to the most affected schools

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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

Kimanzi Muthengi is currently working as an Education Specialist (Adolescents and Youth Development) in UNICEF Malawi. He is the Education Section focal point for the recently concluded UNICEF Emergency response in Malawi and led the project design with colleagues and partners.

IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?

  • Yes, and we are implementing/operating partners of UNICEF or UNHCR.

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Hi Kimanzi, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

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