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Through mobile learning and play,refugees will be able to expand their knowledge,explore future opportunities,and challenge their ambitions.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

1. Travelling Trainer Refugees will be visited by skilled people from the community (Jordanian or Syrian), who will share their knowledge and experience. Practical learning may also be applied during such trainings. Trainings may also be conducted for facilitators and caregivers on topics such as teaching methods, positive discipline, and any other trainings that could promote behavioral change in children. 2. Child Bus (Age: 6-12) The child bus will be equipped with recreational toys, games, puzzles, books, play-dough, colors, paint and other child-specific art tools. Young children will be welcomed to the bus and monitored as they use the time to play, and carry out crafting activities. 3. Youth Bus (Age: 13-24) The Youth Bus will be equipped with books, desk-top laptos (with internet connections), and tools for science projects. Middle aged children and youth can use these tools on the bus in order to create science projects (such as circuits, volacanoes etc), browse the internet for educational purposes, or just read books on topics of their interest.There will also be focus on teaching this age group basic computer skills, to better equip them for their career endeavors.

WHO BENEFITS?

Beneficiaries will be Syrian Refugees living in Informal Tented Settlements (ITS) in Jordan.

HOW IS THIS IDEA DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOUR ORGANIZATION (OR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS) IS ALREADY DOING?

Save the Children Jordan (SCJ) provides mobile nutrition services to expecting and breastfeeding mothers in Jordan, which inspired our idea. Organizations working in education work out of community based organizations, their own offices, or public schools. Refugees living in remote areas and ITS cannot access these services. SCJ already provides informal education in tents in ITS, but it is difficult to keep up with the nomadic lifestyle the refugees maintain, which is why we believe that providing mobile education services will be a breakthrough in how far we can go in ensuring that every child, youth and adult, receives educational and life skills building services. .

HOW WOULD YOU USE AMPLIFY FUNDING AND DESIGN SUPPORT?

Save the Children Jordan envisions using Amplify’s support in creating a sustainable mobile service for people who otherwise would not be receiving any. Amplify can provide us with service design support to ensure that SCJ develops a strong, sustainable, accessible and quality service. With product support, SCJ will get the professional help needed to design the layout of the three buses which will be used as travelling classrooms/lecture halls, in order to meet the needs of our beneficiaries in terms of seating, boards, cabinets, stationary and other materials we will need.Amplify's extensive experience with rolling out projects will be beneficial to us throughout the implementation.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF THE CHALLENGE?

This idea tackles the immediate needs of Syrian refugees who are leading unsettled and uncertain lifestyles, yet offers them with quick solutions. The idea ensures that they receive immediate services wherever they may be, and at their convenience. It also takes into account the fact that they have resource limitations when it comes to education, and limited capacity in government schools. Within the Training bus program issue of social cohesion and integration may be addressed so as to lessen cultural sensitivity. Furthermore, it will be offered fairly to both genders (children and adults), and will also be facilitated by staff of both genders, hence ensuring the comfort of the refugees.

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS FROM THE AMPLIFY TEAM

The bus will be targeting beneficiaries in areas where education services are scarce/nonexistent. If the child is already receiving education services, the goal of the bus is to offer a more practical and hands on approach to help them with their studies. As for adults, the travelling trainer will provide people living in remote areas opportunities to develop practical skills, learn and be empowered from local mentors and receive training to help them improve their quality of life. We decided on a mobile solution after witnessing many families who do not receive any services/limited services because they are living a nomadic lifestyle, in remote areas. The great thing about this initiative is that the bus would be targeting areas in which education is scarce/not available. The bus would be able to reach these people easily, and move around with them as they move. Having a fixed space is not practical when it comes to this group of beneficiaries. Instead of trying to ask a nomadic community to settle down, our service will become nomadic as well, and move around the country with the beneficiaries as they move from season to season, something not available for Syrian refugees living in Jordan, and has put an already vulnerable community at a greater disadvantage, and this is what makes our idea unique. We already offer informal education in some informal tented settlements in Jordan, which gives us a foot through the door in introducing beneficiaries to this new service.

SKILL SHARE (optional)

We have had a strong partnership with UNICEF in Jordan, carrying out Education projects for more than 6 years. Also strong relations with local government, Ministry of Education, and other organizations. We already have access to this group of vulnerable people through our programs, and use an advanced database system which enables us access to information on beneficiaries.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

Save the Children Jordan is a local NGO established in 1974. Since then, we have impacted the lives of more than 1.5 million Jordanians, Syrians, Iraqis, and other vulnerable nationalities in the country. Our services are provided nationwide, working in humanitarian and development projects.

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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Great ideas there! I really like it, I've been researching a topic of our education system transformation and mobile learning. I'm a writer here https://essayvikings.com/coursework-writing-service - the company that consults students on education apps and helps them with performing their tasks. And must say that education apps may become also an important thing in mobile learning, that can increase educational success of children.

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Congratulations on making it to the Refugee Education Challenge Refinement List, Save the Children Jordan! We’re excited to learn more about this idea. It would be great to get a sense of how this might work with existing education initiatives that serve the populations where the bus would visit. How did you decide on a mobile solution rather than a more fixed place? There are many other mobile learning ideas that our team has heard about - how have you incorporated some of those designs into your work and what makes your idea unique? How do you envision using Amplify support?

It’s awesome that you have already uploaded a User Experience Map http://ideo.pn/UX_Map. How might you test one of the assumptions behind it? For example, how could you test your assumptions about the most effective way for children like Ahmad to find out about and visit the bus? Or, if you’ve already learned about this, what have you learned and what else might you test? Great to have you in the Challenge!

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Q. It would be great to get a sense of how this might work with existing education initiatives that serve the populations where the bus would visit.
A. The bus will be targeting beneficiaries in areas where education services are scarce/nonexistent. If the child is already receiving education services, the goal of the bus is to offer a more practical and hands on approach to help them with their studies. As for adults, the travelling trainer will provide people living in remote areas opportunities to develop practical skills, learn and be empowered from local mentors and receive training to help them improve their quality of life.

Q. How did you decide on a mobile solution rather than a more fixed place?
A. We decided on a mobile solution after witnessing many families who do not receive any services/limited services because they are living a nomadic lifestyle, in remote areas.
The great thing about this initiative is that the bus would be targeting areas in which education is scarce/not available. Due to the nomadic lifestyle our beneficiaries lead, they live in remote areas and move with the seasons, in order to work on farms and fields, where formal/informal services are not available for the most part. The bus would be able to reach these people easily, and move around with them as they move. Having a fixed space is not practical when it comes to this group of beneficiaries.

Q. There are many other mobile learning ideas that our team has heard about - how have you incorporated some of those designs into your work and what makes your idea unique?
A. Although there are some mobile services ideas out there, what makes our idea unique is that we are targeting beneficiaries living in areas where no education services are available to them, and we are targeting children as well as their caregivers and adults. Instead of trying to ask a nomadic community to settle down, our service will become nomadic as well, and move around the country with the beneficiaries as they move from season to season, something not available for Syrian refugees living in Jordan, and has put an already vulnerable community at a greater disadvantage.

Q. How do you envision using Amplify support?
A. Save the Children Jordan envisions using Amplify’s support in creating a sustainable mobile service for people who otherwise would not be receiving any. By having three buses equipped with basic educational supplies, staff, facilitators, mentors…etc. and focusing on the quality of the services, we can ensure having quality educational and skills training services available nationwide.

Q. It’s awesome that you have already uploaded a User Experience Map http://ideo.pn/UX_Map. How might you test one of the assumptions behind it? For example, how could you test your assumptions about the most effective way for children like Ahmad to find out about and visit the bus? Or, if you’ve already learned about this, what have you learned and what else might you test? Great to have you in the Challenge!
A. Through previous work promoting our nationwide help desks for Save the Children Jordan, we have experience in promoting our offices using nationwide outreach and community mobilization campaigns, which we can do in this case as well. We already offer informal education in some informal tented settlements in Jordan, which gives us a foot through the door in introducing beneficiaries to this new service. We can also do a needs assessment to really find out what kind of skills parents/adults would be looking to aquire through our travelling trainer service, and to find out what subjects children in school need remedial help with, and what subjects out of school children would like to be learning.

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Hi,
Thank you for your detailed response! Your point about the nomadic lifestyles of your target population is very interesting. Can you tell us a little bit more about their lifestyle? In order to serve them, what do you anticipate the geographic range of the bus might be?

It's great that you are targeting a group that might otherwise not have access to education. What would be the goal of the type of support a mobile education could provide? How frequently would the bus visit? What do you imagine would be the strengths and limitations of this type of intervention?

It's great that you already have some experience working with similar populations. While needs assessments are definitely helpful, we wonder whether there are lighter-touch ways you could start trying now that could help you gauge what parents might find interesting. The human-centered design process is all about testing small components of a larger idea in order to iterate and get to better versions of an idea sooner. Similar to the video we posted in the Ideas phase, https://openideo.com/blog/prototyping-tips-from-the-amplify-team, could you host an information and a 'sign-up' session? Could you try running a few sessions with your target community on subjects that they have expressed interest in? We'd love to see you begin to identify the assumptions behind your idea and think about how you might test them!

Looking forward to learning more!

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Hi! Thank you for your interest in our project :)
Basically their lifestyle consists of moving to the Northern areas of Jordan during the summer, where there is a lot of agriculture and work available on farms and land. During the winter months, they move down to mid-Jordan and the south where the area is geographically lower, closer to the Dead Sea and the Red Sea, making a more comfortable climate to live in when in tents, and also offering agricultural work on mainly citrus farms near the Dead Sea.
Therefore the geographic range of the bus will be nationwide, going from Southern cities and towns of Aqaba, Ma'an, Tafilah, Jarash, Karak, Ghour then moving up to the north of the country to cities like the capital Amman, northern cities of Mafraq, Irbid, and towns of Ramtha and Azraq.
The goal of providing a mobile education service is to give children a chance to improve their education level to be either reintegrated into formal education if they get the chance, or to go into vocational training. So far we are thinking that the bus visits locations 2-3 times a week, depending on the need of each area. As for adults, we want to give them an empowering way to get over the trauma they have expreinced in the war, by bringing in mentors to speak to them, and also teaching them skills they are interested in in order to become more functioning members of their families and societies and to overcome feelings of helplessness associated with being a refugee.
The strengths of this intervention are that we are reaching people living in remote areas, we are giving them a fun approach to learning and we are targeting adults and children, therefore giving people of all ages a chance to change their future.
Some limitations may be the lack of space if we get a high turn out of, which will not all fit into the bus. We may also face a problem with lack of commitment to the program and irregular attendance, something seen in programs nation wide. This can be eliminated during a pilot phase/ meet up phase in which we can ask beneficiaries what factors will ensure their regular attendance.
We love the idea of hosting an information and sign up session, something definitely more time efficient and just as effective as a needs assessment, thanks for the tip. We could locate a group of interested individuals and run the idea by them and see what kind of response we get in order to amend our project plans if needed.

Hope this helps!

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It does - thanks so much!

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I like that this idea emphasizes children learning and creativity. I would be interested to learn more about the type of recreational activities that encourage play and teamwork among the children and youth. In addition to art, how might you use music, athletics, or drama to support youth interaction and collaboration with each other? Thanks in advance for any thoughts you might have!

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Thank you for taking the time to go over our idea.
Our recreational activities for kids will be based on what they are studying/educational.
Therefore science experiments, art lessons (noodle necklaces) athletics such as sports days. We have not given the details of activities much thought yet, would like to hear from you if you have any ideas.

Best,
SCJ Team

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Absolutely! I found some great math and science curriculum examples that tie in fun physical activities: http://www.activeschoolsasap.org/files/u8/just_move_cards_final_08.13.13.pdf

The CHALK/Just Move website also has customizable activity cards: http://www.activeschoolsasap.org/node/213

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Hi,
One of the major issues which some refugees faces is the dropout of the children esp girls. To keep this in control we need to impart few additional skills that will help them in communicating their problems, probably training them with arts such as street play as well helps them or just a show on who to approach and how to avoid abuse would help, as they try to enact the characters in their real life as well https://openideo.com/challenge/refugee-education/ideas/art-based-solution-to-address-issues-and-learn-new-skills and few other ideas which similar to the Van idea which is been posted here, you can go through the attached documents and take the important points, if possible log into the UNHCR innovation site and have a look at these ideas there are valuable comments from educational researcher and UNHCR volunteers i hope these will help in taking forward your ideas. https://openideo.com/challenge/refugee-education/ideas/nss-credit-based-education-using-technology idea to keep children in school by building rest rooms and giving food https://openideo.com/challenge/refugee-education/ideas/social-fashion-to-raise-fund-and-give-training-to-other-youngsters-in-various-fields-which-helps-in-their-career

All the best!
Thanks
Venkatesh

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Thank you for taking interest in our ideas and for sharing the ideas with us :)
Best,
SCJordan

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Update June 30th 2015:
SCJordan will be holding meet ups with a test group from our target community to get their thoughts and ideas on our project. We will be meeting with adults, children and youth, discuss our idea with them, and get their feedback, as well as what skills they would like to learn, what kind of mentoring they would like to receive, and what activities the children would like to be available. Following the meet up, a sign up sheet will be available for the test group. Through the sign up sheet, we can establish approximately how many people are interested in our service. Further more, we will contact those who signed up to better understand why they signed up, what their expectations are for the project and what motivated them to do so.
This will hopefully help us narrow down lists of activities we could provide children, as well as pinpoint exactly what training/mentoring/life skills services the adults and youth are looking for.
Will keep you updated!

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Hi there,

As you know, we've had some experts take a look at your idea. Below is a comment from one of our experts. If you could please spend time answering the question that would be great!

"I like this idea, though would be interested to learn more about why mobile feels like the best option. SAVE has some experience in this area already, and it'd be great to hear about their successes and learnings to date that make the mobile component of this idea feel so exciting to them. "

Thanks!

The Amplify Team

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The reason why mobile to us felt like the best option is: a. so many services are being offered now to refugees and citizens in cities and towns, leaving those living in rural areas/agricultural areas, with a lack of services other than WASH b. our target group moves around seasonally, this way we can move around with them.
Through our Infant and Youth Child Feeding program (IYCF), SCJordan experienced how providing mobile services going to the beneficiary instead of making them come to you builds a sense of trust, and it makes them feel like someone is really going out of their way to help. Also in the case of IYCF, many mothers are unable to leave their areas to come to the centers due to lack of money for transportation, or because they cannot leave their children unattended, that is why coming to them and bringing our mobile service to them seemed like a great idea, and has so far show us great success and positive feedback.

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Great updates team! Be sure to indicate any updates that you make in your idea title by adding an extension. For example, you can add the extension " - Update: Amplify Questions 5/18" to you idea title. This will be a good way to keep people informed about how your idea is progressing!

Also, here is a mobile learning idea from a past OpenIDEO challenge that you might like to check out: https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment-pathways/feedback-2/pop-up-bus-and-boat-mobile-workshops-that-pop-up-in-communities-around-the-globe-building-pathways-and-employment-opportunities There is a great deal of research and community feedback from the Pop-Up bus project that might be helpful as you continue to refine this idea.

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Thanks for sharing the pop-up bus/boat link Shane! We have already found some similarities and difference within our two ideas which we are excited in using to help us refine our idea.
Best,
SCJordan

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Very exiting project. Hop you'll realize all your pojects

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Thank you!

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Congrats on this being today's Featured Contribution!

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Congrats on making it to the Refinement Phase! We would love it if you can take some time to answer the new Refinement questions that we've added to your original idea submission form. To answer the new questions, hit the Edit Contribution button at the top of your post. Scroll down to the entry fields of the new Refinement questions. Hit Save when you are done editing.

Also, here's a useful tip: When you update the content of your post, it'd be helpful to indicate this in your idea title by adding an extension. For example, you can add the extension " - Update: Experience Maps 5/11" to you idea title. This will be a good way to keep people informed about how your idea is progressing!

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Congrats on this post being featured in this week's highlights! https://openideo.com/blog/refugee-education-weekly-highlights-june-05-2015

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Hi! Who is the person at Save to contact regarding this project? I would love to partner to provide games and toys for the Child bus. Love the idea!