Hi Bettina, It's a while since you asked this and we have been poring over a report we commissioned within the camp. This is a Needs & Cultural study to better help us understand the issues faced in the camp around access, training and a raft of other issues.
To try to answer your questions: Certification for any organisation can be a very expensive route. We do have some "pokers in the fire" on this issue but first we want to provide a comprehensive training plan. We're currently developing this and my own background in technology education and work history in FabLab NerveCentre (along with information from the Needs & Cultural study) is very useful here. The broad approach is to provide compulsory introductory training on the SAFE USE of all machinery. This is a very standard approach in any open learning space and/or educational setting. Alongside the training is the documentation. The training is useless without it - this will be comprehensive and not just a declaration that someone has received training. It's critical to us to take a position that puts us beyond reproach - and taking that position means that we are protecting our users and the facilities.
Refugees working: it's quite a point of discussion with a lot of reports having been produced. The bottom line on this is that we must be respectful of and adhere to Jordanian law. Within the camp this means limited hours and limited pay is permitted.
Enhanced education: Any such facility anywhere in the world, whether in such a specific community or in the centre of an industrialised city, fails before it starts if it does not consciously engage with the community it aims to serve. To reduce our aim down to one very simple phrase: "it's to help refugees". We will definitely be training and facilitating the use of the facility - but it's about facilitating the community and self identified needs - and if we are going to do that right then it's crucial to regularly bring groups together in order to try to identify needs as they come up. We would fail if we got set up and only ever addressed issues from our Needs & Cultural study - the process is a cyclical one which will include reviews of all our activities with the hope of improving, focusing or widening our provision in recognition of the needs of the users. Specifically, when it comes to courses, we will certainly aim to target young people - but be careful to schedule times for them which won't clash with any schooling they engage with. My own experience with this is that, no matter what the background, there is something creative and engaging for everyone, regardless of age or gender - or pretty much anything else.
I hope that answers your questions! As for the vehicle, I've been doing some sketches and trying to design in a very modular way - it's early but in my mind's eye, I can already see it being used to good effect!