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Liliya commented on Peak-A-Box: Unleash children's peak potential

Hello Rebecca Petras ,

Thank you for reaching out to us! While piloting Peak-A-Box in Greece we faced a challenge with language barrier. We understand that it would be much more effective to have multi-language app or content. Thanks for your offer! We would be glad to talk about possible cooperation! Could you give us your e-mail so we can continue conversation?




Liliya commented on Peak-A-Box: Unleash children's peak potential

Hello, dear Katie!

Wonderful idea! Thank you for your interest! We will be glad to cooperate! I'll write more details via email!

Best, Lily


Liliya commented on Peak-A-Box: Unleash children's peak potential

Hello, dear OpenIDEO team!

Here are our thoughts about experts feedback! Would love to hear more comments!

Question 1. Thank you! While we were testing the product in July in refugee camps, every facilitator told us that the app would be beneficial because it would save time for preparation and it's really easy to have everything you need in the smartphone.

Question 2.: During March 2017, our team spent two weeks volunteering with organizations working in Athens refugee camps. During that time, the team took the opportunity to talk and more importantly, listen to the refugee community and the organizations working in the field. Our emphasis was on understanding the communities pain areas, needs, and ideas for development. Conversations with the community inspired 10 to 15 project ideas within the team that addressed different issues. Through another round of conversation discussing our ideas with organizations and refugees, we eliminated, merged and altered our ideas based on their feedback until we reached a positive consensus.

Our project focuses on Early Childhood Education for the following reasons:
- Children in Greece have limited access to formal education, those that do go to schools run by non-profit organizations after regular school hours, learning Math and Greek. In addition, since most refugee children have been on the move for a few years and are out of schools, organizations noticed that children do not understand the concept of the classroom space and therefore fall behind in primary school.
- To quote one of the refugee community members “Whatever amount of help you provide for children in the camp, it still will not be enough.” Based on community feedback, there is limited to zero attention for young children in refugee camps.
- Organizations working in the camps have limited resources, high volunteer turnover and are overwhelmed with multiple tasks in the camp. Organizations expressed their need for easy to implement and consistent education for children. We pitched the basic idea to 5 organizations working in Greece and received positive feedback.
- We noticed that the children have a lot of contained energy and are looking for any form of attention and conversation. As volunteers with no instructions on what to do with the children, we realized that any toolkit will be beneficial to run meaningful sessions with the children.

The question concerning the measurement is still something that we need to navigate. We aim to measure the development of such competencies in kids like the ability to concentrate, focus, listening, social skills like communication, team building. The challenge is that the environment in the camps usually is pretty chaotic so we need to rely on the facilitator's ability to observe and reflect on kids' results.

3. Question 3:
We understand and fully acknowledge the concerns related to scaling up while maintaining quality appropriate to the context. While prototyping the project we are testing in multiple environments such as refugee camps in Greece, a pre-school in Canada, a Non-Profit and Special Needs Organization in Saudi Arabia and a Community Center in Spain. Testing in diverse environments gives us an idea of the needed changes, differences and limitations of scaling Peak-A-Box.
Moving forward, when expanding to new regions, we will go through rounds of pilots and create a curriculum fit for the culture based on community feedback. Although this takes more time, it also ensures future success, as Peak-A-Box is made for the community therefore needs to be built by the community.
Additionally, we have designed our application accommodating to scaling up with the following:
- The curriculum can be customized based on the user needs
- Based on the data we collect from usage of the application, we are able to build a smart algorithm to recommend curriculums for users of the same demographic.
- The application allows users to rate and comment on games, therefore we will constantly update the games based on the feedback.

When designing Peak-A-Box our target is that the games on the application are simple, well explained, visual and engaging so that anyone can easily facilitate educational sessions for the children. However, as we pilot we continue to test this theory and make alterations that ensure that our initial intention of “easy to run” sessions holds true.
When piloting in refugee camps in Greece, where children mainly speak only Arabic and volunteers do not, facilitators mentioned they had a hard time explaining with the language barrier. Therefore, we involved young adults from the refugee community to assist the facilitators. As this proved to work out very well, we are now targeting to involve both organizations and willing young adults from the community, therefore eventually building up the internal capacity of community facilitators.