Liberating Knowledge Structures
Liberating Knowledge Structures is a framework that taps into the assets of refugee communities to creatively identify and address problems.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
This learning framework includes three elements: Reflection, Awareness, and Liberating Structures.
The Reflection component asks refugees to reflect on their experiences. Intentional activities draw from community members’ own knowledge to create conversations, consciousness and restorative practices around the socio-cultural contexts of their current environment. Activities also position refugees as centers of knowledge and establish the empowering climate needed in the upcoming phases.
Module: Turning Points Timeline
The Awareness component engages community members in several resource mapping activities to answer questions such as What resources do I have available? What power do I have? What do I want to accomplish?
Modules: Community Resource Mapping, Power Mapping, Expert Brief
During the Liberating Knowledge Structures component community members collectively identify and tackle shared challenges with an explicit intent to learn and grow from one another. The modules ask members to draw on the resources identified in the Awareness component to work towards sustainable growth.
Modules: KWL, Root Cause, Collective Solutions
Liberating Knowledge Structures is a framework that supports the informal exchange of knowledge that is geared towards action and empowerment. It benefits all refugee community members. The design of the framework addresses the need for loose, replicable, situated, and experiential community-based learning.
We’d like feedback from anyone with experience working in a variety of different refugee community settings. We are especially interested in thoughts on the feasibility, replicability, and sustainability of our idea.
SKILL SHARE (optional)
Our team has experience in qualitative and quantitative research design, international comparative education, international gender education initiatives, teaching in formal and informal settings, informal learning, program design and evaluation, impact evaluations, and marginalized communities.
We could use help from experts on refugee settings and non-governmental organizations.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
We work in the United States.
IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?
Yes, I have implementation capacity and am interested in and able to make this idea real in my community.