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Hi Richard,

Just to add to what Kate said, perhaps confusingly we have been referring to our existing hubs in Kampala (and even what we have learnt in Nairobi) as prototypes too, because they very much inspired this idea. We have developed them as mentioned below and learnt from our experiences but we also hope we will be able to build on the successes we have had in these initial hubs in terms of providing safe spaces for refugees to learn relevant skills, enjoy learning, and share experiences and resources with each other.

And here is a bit on Monitoring and Evaluation...

Monitoring and Evaluation will be carried out continuously throughout the programme. At Output One monitoring and evaluation will be done via observations, focus group discussions and surveys. In the initial community awareness presentations a clear framework for monitoring will be laid out and groups will need to provide data on their meetings and goals as a requirement to graduate to the next level. At Output Two the level of monitoring all members will register on the Tamuka virtual hub learning platform. Every time a user logs on or opens a programme the data is recorded at the central Xavier Project office, and when the user is using the service off-line the data is sent every time the local server connects to the internet. Through this we are able to monitor the progress of each hub member and evaluate the effectiveness of each programme on the learning platform. At Output Three permanent staff will evaluate the progress of the students in the hubs. Xavier Project has a linear assessment framework that assesses academic and non-academic progress from pre-school to post-graduate or equivalent. Refugee children and adults alike will be able to track their progress in various disciplines using this framework.

"Could you please provide a greater level detail on the programme design including how programming will respond directly to refugee needs/interests?"

Above I posted about the needs and interests we have discovered through this process and here I am going to talk about our objectives and the programme design.

The objective of this proposal is to make vocational and life-long learning available to all refugees even in emergency situations.
This objective will be achieved through the following outcomes:
Outcome 1: Safe learning and social spaces (Tamuka Hubs) will be provided to five refugee communities
Outcome 2: 1000 refugee children will access quality and relevant education in Tamuka hubs
Outcome 3: 1000 refugee adults will access lifelong learning opportunities which will support their livelihoods
These three outcomes will be achieved through three outputs. The first output will be the provision of a safe space for refugee communities (outcome one), the second output will be the provision of learning materials and the third output will be the provision of qualified staff (outcomes two and three) Outcome One: The first activity of this proposal will be to build the capacity of refugee communities. Refugees will be made aware of the tier system through community presentations in highly populated refugee areas. To achieve the first output of this incremental programme, refugee ‘Tamuka’ groups will demonstrate community cohesion through structured group meetings and a display of shared common goals. Steps towards integration with Ugandans at this early stage will be rated highly in the application for promotion to Output One. In the first output Xavier Project will provide a space for the Tamuka group. Thus refugee groups will now have a safe indoor space where they can socialise and share experiences.
Outcomes Two and Three: through a combination of an application and regular observations by Xavier Project staff, the new Tamuka Hub will be eligible for promotion to the second output after a minimum of three months. This output will involve provision of infrastructure in the hub such as computers, internet, and books. All members of the hubs will have access to Tamuka’s virtual learning platform which provides a personalised learning interface with both off-line and on-line resources, accessible for absolute beginners and experts alike. Beyond searching, the platform will have assessment tools which will ascertain the level of learning for each user in each subject and automatically design a progressive course for that user so that they learn what they want at the right pace. The content will focus on giving refugees the skills they need to realise their right to protection and equal opportunities. It will be stored on-line via cloud storage so users can access it from anywhere using the internet, but it can also be downloaded so that it can be accessed off-line as long as users have a smart phone, tablet or personal computer. The virtual hub will be tailored to the needs and ambitions of refugees by a full time programmer. Most of the software will be obtained from partners such as Tunapanda, the Rumie Initiative, Babbel and Outernet, as well as open-source platforms such as Wikipedia and Khan Academy.
Until this point the hub will be staffed by the community that benefits from it. To get to this output they must have shown the necessary enthusiasm to make the hub work on a voluntary basis which is why this project is self-piloting and resource efficient. However, to ensure refugees fully integrate into Ugandan life and access opportunities equally, trained staff will be provided in Output Three by Xavier Project to teach Tamuka courses and guide the learning of out of school children (Outcomes 2 and 3). Courses include basic ICT, life skills, finance and accounting, refugee studies, social media, graphic and web design, languages and many more. Adult members of the hubs so far have shown an ability to work independently, but the Tamuka staff will be especially useful in guiding the learning of the children who use the library facilities in the hubs provided at Output Two.