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Thanks for your input and excellent questions!

We are fortunate to have an architect who is able to support us with the design or the learning space - however this is often restricted to in-country labour skills and availability of materials. A key challenge that we faced with our previous pilot.

We intend to employ two teachers to facilitate the content on the bus - however the final aim is that the in-class teachers are able to facilitate the content on the bus after Teacher professional development sessions have taken place.

We have learnt a lot from mapping our content to local curriculum in our other country programmes worldwide - and definitely find that this is a key support for teachers when implementing the technology. The case in Lebanon is slightly different as Syrian children may be accessing an Accelerated Learning Programme focussing on Basic Literacy and Numeracy. Another challenge is that we often cannot map to 'age' of child due to the years of missed schooling for Syrian refugee children. We therefore map to expected grade level - with the aim of supporting the acceleration of children's progress to their expected academic capability. We will be mapping our content to both the Lebanese curriculum and the Accelerated Learning Programme so that it may be used in both formal schooling and informal contexts.

Thanks for your interest!

Hannah

Thank you so much for your feedback on your design - we really appreciate it and would love to hear your ideas. Where are you based? Would you have any experience from your context that may help in our designs?

We currently have a bus pilot in the Bekaa Valley region of Lebanon that has been implemented for 6 months. This bus has an indoor area and an external awning/tent that is used for lessons. One class at a time accesses the bus and is divided into two groups. In the tent they have a purposeful play session focussed on Psycho-social support, and on the bus they use the tablets to apply their curriculum learning from that week.

A challenge we have had is the extremes of weather in Lebanon, from very cold winters to very hot summers. This is something that we are considering in the design of this new bus programme and in particular the tent will be changing as it is not applicable all year round.

In terms of the open field - the weather is also an issue here. We love to use the space around bus however for using the tablets we have to consider the sun's glare on the screen and overheating. We are currently looking into having a movable tent structure to continue classes when the weather permits - but in the shade.

Thank you so much,

Hannah

Thanks for your input Mona!