I love your community-based approach to addressing the obstacles refugee girls are facing in urban environments. I'd like to learn more about how you'd be involving the parents of these girls. How will the sensitization meetings be facilitated? Changing behavior and perceptions is quite difficult. With your experience, what do you think is the best approach?
Thanks for the questions and I'm happy to clarify. 1.) The mobile learning platform will be designed based on the national curriculum, therefore quizzes will reflect exactly what is in the textbooks and lessons of the children. Teachers and the Ministry of Education will be heavily involved in the design of the quizzes and games. 2.) After the costs of designing the curriculum, the ongoing costs are quite minimal. As a result, the program will be quite sustainable. After the initial investment of designing, recording, and testing the quizzes, the only major ongoing costs would be the payment of part-time community workers to make sure the program is running smoothly.
A great question. When we design the learning tools for this platform, teacher input will be vital so that we can make sure that we are creating some that children can understand. Also, before rolling out the platform, we will test a number quizzes and games on children in the West Nile Region to make sure that they can understand and interact with the learning material. With input from teachers and children, we hope to have a tool that is effective and relevant to the context.
Introduction of the mobile-learning within the classroom is possible. For the time being, we are hoping to use our tool to compliment students' education by providing opportunities to continue learning outside the classroom. If teachers desire mobile phone-based lessons, that is something that we can certainly explore.