OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign up, Login or Learn more

Profile

Recent contributions

(1)

Contribution list

Recent comments

(3) View all
link

Kristin commented on Limited Access to Higher Education for Refugees

Hi Emerimana,

It was great to read this, and I was really struck by that passage: "Education received by a refugee today will help transform that young woman or man into a leader tomorrow." I'm troubled by the narrative in my own country that suggests that refugees are "nobodies," expected to simply be grateful to have a place somewhere. I think that narrative silences many wise and accomplished people who enter strange and new countries, and I think that believing in them-- and helping them to believe in themselves-- as future leaders is a way to change that narrative. Access is one problem-- but I'm curious whether you've already thought of some ways that institutions of higher education could do a better job with refugee students that do enroll?

Warm Regards,
Kristin

link

Kristin commented on Learning is easier when you're nourished.

Hi Cynthia, thanks for the story first-hand! I have to say, my eyes kind of lingered on that phrase, "kids could eat as much as they liked free of charge." In a world increasingly driven by metrics and measurement, how gorgeous is that generosity! I would imagine that for children who wake uncertain of their safety or security, it can be a transformational experience to step into a room where they are certain to be allowed to fill their bellies.

link

Kristin commented on Child-Led Learning/Unschooling/Self-Design Learning

Hi Latha,

Great point. It seems like the space for reinventing education opportunities for refugees is wide open -- in comparison to long-established school systems like the public school systems in the US. It's a chance to check out the lessons that have been learned from alternative schooling methods over the past few decades and think about how they could be applied to a more traditional institution.

Regards,
Kristin