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Shanakht (Identity) - self learning for self awareness

A ten-week Fellowship for refugee children using mentoring and technology to encourage self-learning via storytelling, teamwork & reflection

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Shanakht is a holistic and guided self-learning Fellowship that couples technology with mentorship and takes children through a ten-week journey of self-empowerment, building connections with those around them, and building leadership skills. Especially designed for displaced communities, the Fellowship modules will allow each child to take turns in a group to lead creative group activities and document their experiences through pictures and videos in a customized android application provided on a tablet. By the end of the Fellowship students would have completed various group tasks and will have a personal portfolio, generated by the application, that will be shared back with them to foster confidence and self-reflection.

WHO BENEFITS?

Initially Shanankht will focus at displaced Afghan refugees in north-west frontier province of Khyber Pakhtunkwa in Pakistan.

PROTOTYPE

The idea builds on identity, leadership, conflict resolution, and dramatics modules already implemented by partner organization Rabtt, which works in under-resourced communities with teenage children through volunteer mentors. A pilot will be conducted with around 20 students, for 2 weeks, to test and mature ideas around the following points: 1. Adoption of Technology: The team has already witnessed how induction of technology in training excites children and motivates them to be more involved. During pilot, specific triggers, which help children to be more expressive, will be explored further. 2. Reception from children: During pilot children behaviors will be monitored to gauge which modules and activities are considered more fun and induce better responses. 3. Parental support: Given important role of parents, during pilot parents’ reaction to the intervention will be observed and tweaks will be made to the model to ensure their support.

FEEDBACK

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am the Director at Technology for People Initiative - a university-wide center enabling multi-disciplinary teams to explore technology interventions in partnership with the public sector in Pakistan. My knowledge of displaced communities is informed by my experience of teaching there for 2 years.

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.
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"Imran is the Co-Founder and the Managing Director of Rabtt. He has led design and implementation of the leadership and self-awareness through conflict-resolution, dramatics under-resourced communities with teenage children through volunteer mentors. He will use his experience to design customized training courses for displaced children. Imran holds a degree of Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School."

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Brilliant idea. By taking responsibility to empower this marginalized segment, the community at large is laying foundation for a much-needed social reform. Good luck!

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