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Valentina commented on Language course on staple food wrapping paper

hi Shane, thank you - our project was developed earlier on for the Ideo course of Human Centered Design, so we didn't see that project, and we completely focused on refugees after the "refugee camp" phase, which in several european countries can be pretty short in time - the project you mention looks quite interesting, I see that there are comments about how the bags would spoil and how the information would require some adult supervision to be of any educational value.
That's the difference I think between providing educational material in a refugee camp and instead (what we propose) in the more culturally structured environment of daily life in a different culture as foreigners without status or adequate living conditions (also we only concentrated on language courses, that being more relevant to the issue of local integration, rather than on other kinds of education). When the goal is to teach the local language and the language course is printed on everyday items also used by the locals, there is the possibility that the locals themselves would be engaged to participate in this, and the hope is that these humble paper items would become part of a larger, social "teaching game". It is key that they are very cheap and "self-administed", so everyday food wrapping like bread seemed a good choice.
In addition, at least in Italy many items of food paper wrapping feature some written sentences, so it wouldn't be much of a disruption in the production flow to simply change the content.

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Valentina commented on Language course on staple food wrapping paper

Dear Adi, thank you for writing, it is quite possible to pair the system with online resources, but the concept was developed with in mind the refugees coming with boats to Italy, Spain, France etc (I guess you read about those who perished only some weeks ago :/ ) and when they arrive they barely have the clothes on their backs so no cell phones or anything, and I don't know where you are from but as far as I know in the countries I have mentioned there is no wealth of facilities for refugees, there are hardly computers for local schools, and even less focus on computer literacy, so our project was really a "first intervention" idea in situations with large unregulated fluxes of refugees that weren't confined to camps without actually going through the immigration process. Where are you from?

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Valentina commented on Language course on staple food wrapping paper

thank you OpenIdeo :)