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An educational system to encourage learning by doing and spark a maker spirit by utilizing skills already available in the refugee community

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I propose we do this by developing a skill-based curriculum which can be taught by the qualified professionals in these communities. The professionals can be trained to teach skills they are already familiar with.

In turn the students will be able to learn courses that will help them acquire transferable skills which will help them in future jobs as well as their everyday lives. It also creates an element of play into the classroom which will help get the students more engaged.

The advantage of developing a skill based curriculum is that it is not limited to just children but adults as well. The skills taught can get progressively more complex as the the age of the students increases engaging the entire community.

I can see industry playing an important role in making the right tools available for these courses. Companies like LEGO, littleBits, IKEA, Intel, etc being invaluable in helping design these courses as well as providing the material for execution. 

Large universities across the world would also be extremely invaluable in helping design the curriculum and delivery as well providing training for the "educators" (in this case the professionals who will be teaching)

This curriculum can create value both in the short term as well as the long term since these learned skills can easily be transferred into practical applications. 


Imagine an engineer teaching physics, a doctor teaching biology or a journalist teaching a language course! Refugee communities often have a rich diversity of people, many of whom are educated professionals whose lives were disrupted by war or natural calamities. A common feeling among these communities is that of a loss of control. This is true both for the professionals who were forced to give up their livelihood and the children who were uprooted from their safe haven. What if we can give back some degree of control to both these sides?


Students Professionals(Teachers) Communities (Both the refugee community & the new communities they are moving into) Industry (Companies like Lego, little bits, Intel, IKEA, etc.) UN & other agencies that help fostering these communities


Start with building simple courses that are easy to follow: - Creating simple machinery from LEGO Blocks - Grammar courses taught by writers/Journalists - Basic Cooking/Home Ec courses


I would love to get feedback from people who have - been a part of such communities - worked with them - teachers/educators/anyone else who has worked on developing similar skill-based curriculums I would also love to hear ideas on how we can measure success. It will be important to decide the goals and create milestones and targets which can be used as indicators to gauge the efficacy and success of the plan.

SKILL SHARE (optional)

I can work on visualization, graphic design, user experience, partnership building, fundraising. I have also developed plans for analysing various stakeholders in both the non-profit and for profit sectors. I have experience in designing business models and strategy (marketing & digital) to engage stakeholders of the programs


I am currently an MBA student in the US and a citizen of India. I am not currently affiliated with any organization but have worked in the past with the non profit Operation Smile (India) to develop and execute a branding and communications strategy to engage different stakeholders.


  • Yes, and I am looking for a partner working with refugee communities to implement this idea.


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Photo of Selassie. K. Amenorhu

This is a very brilliant. Creating an ecosystem where by Institutions or university develop curriculum tailored to refugee will ensure will enhance the chance of success. I buy this idea 100%.

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