Teacher Support Network: Website & Magazine
A website & magazine with resources, mentoring and support for teachers and volunteers at refugee camps.
The monthly TSN Magazine could be a great alternative where the online option is not available.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
This is the idea that our team was tackling at the meetup. It is basically taking the Teacher Support Networks (https://openideo.com/challenge/refugee-education/ideas/teacher-support-networks) further.
A simple website wireframe to show the idea.
Everyone included in the educational process at refugee camps could benefit from this solution. Because of a large quantity of relevant resources at hand and mentoring opportunities, the teachers could benefit professionally as well as personally. Consequently, the students could benefit because the teachers would be better equipped to tackle daily educational challenges at the camp.
Ideally, here is how this could be tested (hopefully in one month):
The Teacher Support Network website could serve as a platform with useful resources and an opportunity to connect with other teachers. The website could also serve as a point of contact with mentors, which would provide a strong professional as well as personal support.
1. The idea would be discussed with teachers who have experience working at refugee camps. An improved prototype would be tested again and the new version would go into development.
2. At the same time, the possibilities to collect stories, design and print a monthly TSN Magazine edition would be discussed.
3. The first website would go live in about a month, and hopefully, the first magazine would follow at about the same time.
NOTE: Considering the fact that PeerLibrary (https://peerlibrary.org/) is already up and running, we could use it to try out the initial idea: 1. create a group "refugee camp teacher network" and invite people interested in collaboration. 2. get people to upload their stories, best practices etc. (currently, only pdf formats). 3. see discussion and contributions in action.
SKILL SHARE (optional)
I would love to get into contact with someone who can tell me more about the teachers' (and refugees') daily work and life at a refugee camp, and the challenges they are facing. This would help develop an improved, clickable website prototype that could go into further testing.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
I am freelancing in San Francisco and volunteering at a UC Berkeley project called PeerLibrary.
IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?
Yes, and I am looking for a partner working with refugee communities to implement this idea.