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Education in Refugee Camps Offer Inspiring Models for Learning

The United Nations High Commission on Refugees is working to improve the quality of education refugees receive while in camps and the number of students who receive and education. Initiatives include: Second Shift Schools Due to crowded spaces and limited supplies, a refugee camp in Syria now offers two school days in one. By adding a second shift, many more students can have access to an education without overcrowding. Skills for Self-Sufficiency Youth Economic Pack courses are free, one-year courses that teach students skills that will enable them to set up their own businesses (for example, culinary arts). As a current student said, "Nobody can take my skills away from me, they will not disappear like my farm and livestock."

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I am inspired by the work of UNHCR because it raises important questions about how to rethink education - from the structure to the content:

After reading this article, I'm wondering: 
- What times are youth available to learn new skills?  How can learning new skills integrate with part-time jobs or traditional learning at vocational schools or universities?  
- When are teachers or content available? At set times? Year-round? 
- Are there times when resources (like buildings, books, etc.) aren't used and could be repurposed?
- How do students learn best? In a group? Online? In combination? 
- How long does skill aquesition take? 
- What skills have the biggest return on investment? 
 

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Thanks for the help, Meena!

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