“Notre ecole à tous” seeks to build on existing initiatives of education for refugee youth. Our project will visit informal schools in refugee camps and make a catalog of activities and pedagogical material developed. This will be made available on an online platform, along with a database where volunteers can present their availability. We will multiply existing initiatives in refugee education, create a support network and promote agency in assuring that no child gets left behind!
Families and unaccompanied children have been taking part in the current flow of refugees coming to Europe. A great amount of children are left out of school. Many things impedes them from approaching formal schools: transitory situation, language barrier, fear of being forced to file for asylum etc. Meanwhile these kids are left without education. Hopefully motivated citizens having been offering informal schooling despite difficulties, lack of material and volunteers and in isolation.
We are aiming at breaking the isolation of these initiatives and creating a network that maps all existing “informal schools” and supports those who wish to start one. We will create a space where they can exchange experiences and ideas and hopefully multiply informal schooling initiatives providing them needed ressources. We aim at creating agency and supporting motivated Europeans who, like us, know that we can help assure a better future for these kids offering them learning opportunities.
Initially we will map “schools” or any structured education initiative (e.g. regular workshops in arts, sports etc) destined for refugee kids. This will be done by visiting major european camps of refugee and contacting NGO’s that work with refugee children. Schools will be registered in an interactive map available on an online platform. This platform will also contain a database where volunteers can register indicating their availability. Desired result: create a network where citizens involved with refugee education can exchange ideas and access a database of volunteers. The second part f the project consists in cataloguing pedagogical material activities sharing in an open ressource center. This way new comers can build on the success of previous experiences.
We are doing this in support of motivated European citizens that have shown concern with refugee children. Their effort should be acknowledged, multiplied and potentiated. We also do this for European teachers that would need ideas when developing activities to do with refugee children. But mostly, we are doing this for the refugee youth, that deserve to live a healthy childhood and develop their capacities. Much has been said about a so-called “lost generation”, this project is done for them.
Our idea is different because it builds on existing initiatives aiming to strengthen them. Also, because we count on promoting a domino effect (sharing best practices, successful ideas and appropriate pedagogical material will make it easier for others wishing to start similar initiatives) and a spill-over effect (where refugee kids having benefited from these projects will more easily integrate into European society).
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Major expenses are traveling and living expenses; consultancy in designing an interactive map and the production and distribution of pedagogical material.
Anyone one that know of existing "schools" or education initiatives in european refugee camps please let us know! Lets let the word out that Europe is stil a space of solidarity and respect of human rights, mostly those of children! Help us assure that no child gets left behind supporting our project!