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Future Learning Space is my first attempt at curating content. It is a place to share the resources I believe are valuable and interesting as I embark on creating a future Child Friendly Space for children in Refugee Camps.

Creating Learning Spaces in our School. Britain ‘did not respond' to French pleas to take Calais child refugees. The Home Office has refused to respond to official requests from the French authorities to accept unaccompanied child refugees stranded in Calais who are eligible to come to Britain, the British Red Cross has said.

Britain ‘did not respond' to French pleas to take Calais child refugees

With the planned demolition of Calais’s refugee camp only weeks away, the Red Cross says the Home Office is turning down “take charge” requests by the French on often pedantic grounds. Once such a request has been accepted by the UK government it is in effect responsible for a child who is seeking asylum. In some cases British officials claim to have “misplaced” requests from the French to help children, raising questions over Britain’s approach to what humanitarian experts call an urgent child protection issue.

Refugee Camps other than Zaatari

Barbara Winton and Kindertransport survivors speak out - Help Refugees. Barbara Winton, the daughter of Nicholas Winton who organised the rescue of hundreds of refugee children in WW2 has written a letter for our website together with kindertransport survivors asking us to show the same compassion now, as we did then.

Barbara Winton and Kindertransport survivors speak out - Help Refugees

Barbara Winton In 1938/39 a large scale British humanitarian operation brought 10,000 children, endangered by Hitler’s growing threat, from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia to safe homes in the UK. How the IRC creates safe spaces for children during crises. Meet Muhammed Ali, a spirited Syrian boy now stranded in Greece. International Rescue Committee (IRC) Project Kakuma: giving refugees a bright future. The Displaced (VR Video) Missy Higgins - Oh Canada. Look to Learn – Our Global Classroom. Educating Refugees and IDPs. Skype Classroom (@SkypeClassroom) Virtual Classrooms. Find an online safety program. Funding to engage a certified provider The Australian Government has committed to allocating funds to enable eligible Australian schools to engage a certified online safety program provider.

Find an online safety program

The Office is not responsible for the allocation of the funds: the arrangements for this are currently being negotiated between the Commonwealth government and interested State and Territory education authorities. Does the Device Matter – Teaching in the Primary Years. The are many different devices being implemented into classrooms all around the world.

Does the Device Matter – Teaching in the Primary Years

With schools using PC’s, Laptops, Macbooks, iPads, Chromebooks, and Netbooks to move further towards 21st Century Contemporary Learning environments I am often asked the question “What devices should my school purchase?” I immediately stop the conversation before any further discussion and ask the question, “What is the purpose of the device?” iParent. Cybersmart Hero. The 'granny cloud': the network of volunteers helping poorer children learn. Every week Lorraine Schneiter, a former Open University tutor, sits down in front of her computer, opens up Skype, and calls a group of children in India.

The 'granny cloud': the network of volunteers helping poorer children learn

And then they chat. What about? Skype in the Classroom - Overview - Microsoft in Education. The Granny Cloud. Cyberbullying Training Video for Teachers. Social Media, SMS Outreach to Refugees. Train for Tomorrow. Train for Tomorrow This new, technology-enabled programme for school leaders in Ghana's Eastern Region, is being delivered by the Varkey Foundation.

Train for Tomorrow

Funded by Dubai Cares, this US $2 million project trains school leaders to become Instructional Leaders first through face-to-face training, and then through a distance-learning cascade, made possible by a satellite link and solar-powered infrastructure. Train for Tomorrow aims to improve teaching practice through regular interactive, activity-based training sessions, to develop teachers' pedagogical methods and subject knowledge; to create more positive classroom environments; and to support the development of a more accountable monitoring system of teaching quality. Syrian teachers use cloud technology to create safe schools for refugee students. The Connect to Learn pilot project is run by the International Rescue Committee (ICR) in ten pilot schools in Domiz Camp in the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI).

Syrian teachers use cloud technology to create safe schools for refugee students

The project recognizes the expertise of Syrian refugee teachers, their importance in creating safe and nurturing spaces to learn in and their challenges in dealing with vulnerable students who may have suffered varying degrees and types of trauma. IRC launched a yearlong pilot project with information and communication company, Ericsson providing a technology platform that gives refugee teachers access to resources to help meet the complex needs of conflict-affected children, specifically social-emotional skills, literacy and numeracy. Academic, social and emotional skills. Educating girls in Africa - One Girl. Why refugees must be given education and the tools to thrive – Medium. By Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Today UNHCR launched “Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis,” a troubling new report indicating that opportunities to learn diminish greatly when children are forced to flee their homes and as they grow older.

Why refugees must be given education and the tools to thrive – Medium

This essay is taken from the report’s introduction. When the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees began work on January 1, 1951, it was given three years to complete its task of helping millions of European refugees left homeless or in exile after the war. At that time, three years was deemed long enough to resolve the refugee problem once and for all, after which — it was expected — UNHCR’s task would be complete. Isle of Wight 'superhead' running makeshift school for refugees. A controversial head teacher who made headlines with his disciplinarian teaching ethos and draconian uniform rules is running a makeshift school for refugee children in the camps near Calais.

Isle of Wight 'superhead' running makeshift school for refugees

Dr Rory Fox earned himself a reputation in the media of being “the toughest head in England” after cracking down on bad behaviour in class and sending scores of pupils home because of school uniform breaches. The one-time “superhead”, who used to be parachuted into failing secondary schools to turn their fortunes around, is now working out of a scout tent in the Grande-Synthe refugee camp outside Dunkirk. Once punctilious about his own appearance – as well as that of his pupils – Fox now goes to work in wellies and muddy trousers. The children he is teaching – of all ages, from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan – are not dressed in uniform, but in grubby fleeces and tracksuits. Vodafone 'Instant Classroom' is digital school in a box for refugees. The Vodafone Foundation has unveiled a portable "Instant Classroom" that it hopes will give 15,000 child refugees across Africa access to tablet-based education.

Vodafone 'Instant Classroom' is digital school in a box for refugees

The digital school in a box, which has been unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, can be set up in 20 minutes and can be used in classrooms where there is no electricity. The Foundation has partnered with UNHCR to bring the Instant Classroom to 12 schools in Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the next 12 months. Each Instant Classroom is shipped in a secure and robust case that weighs 52kg and comes equipped with a laptop, 25 tablets pre-loaded with educational software, a projector, a speaker and a hotspot modem with 3G connectivity. Future Learning Space. SES AND SOLARKIOSK BRING POWER AND INTERNET TO AN EDUCATION CENTRE IN A JORDANIAN REFUGEE CAMP - LUXEMBOURG/BERLIN, 19 May 2016 – SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and SOLARKIOSK AG, the energy and business gateway to Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities worldwide, announced today that they are pioneering the first-of-its-kind "Connected Solar School" to deliver electricity, educational tools, and broadband internet connectivity to an education centre run by UNICEF and Relief International within the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

The "Connected Solar School" will utilise solar energy provided by SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBB technology to deliver broadband connectivity enabled by SES’s Astra Connect broadband platform, which in turn enables teachers to use quality e-learning materials sponsored by UNICEF. SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBB, designed by the Berlin-based architecture firm GRAFT to provide reliable energy in off-grid areas worldwide, uses solar energy to power connectivity, lights, and computers within the schools.

For further information please contact: Greece's only refugee camp. "I need some money. I want to get to Germany," says a young Afghan, who is using his mobile phone to get in touch with a member of his family back home. Now, he is totally broke and has just made it to Greece. Another Afghan has brought two of his four children with him.

The Mobile Tuk Tuk Education Project. Wheels set in motion to support mobile education in Cambodia. Offering hope: Sister Eulie Desacula and the Daughters of Charity are reaching out to disadvantaged children in Phnom Penh with their innovative Mobile Tuk-Tuk Education Centre. AUSTRALIANS could help children in Cambodia receive an education and avoid the possibility of life in child sex trade by funding an innovative mobile centre. For more than a decade, the Daughters of Charity in Cambodia have offered education and care for children on the outskirts of the country’s capital. Countless disadvantaged children have become victims of Cambodia’s infamous sex trade industry, which is considered the global centre of child trafficking. Daugther of Charity Sr Eulie Desacula said education is the number one tool to stop a child from being forced into child sex trafficking.

“If these children receive a good education, they can become freer to decide for their own lives,” Sr Desacula said. Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud. Theconversation. I am part of a team of academics teaching a course to residents in the Calais Jungle, a camp for migrants and refugees outside the French city. Life Stories in the Jungle has been running since November 2015. I travel with a team of colleagues and students from the University of East London to Calais on a regular basis to meet and recruit students in the camp, read relevant literature together, including writings by Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Paulo Freire, Sojourner Truth, Malala Yousafzai and Barak Obama, and encourage them to tell their own stories.

It is one of the first credited university courses provided to students in the camp. Teaching in the Jungle requires a flexible approach and warm clothes, as few equipped classrooms are available. Mobile Education for Refugees. Facebook. Young Rappers Work to Educate Syria’s Refugee Children  An appeal to world leaders is calling on them to raise $750 million to educate a million Syrian refugee children living in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. A short movie has been produced to highlight the transformational opportunities a place at school can have. ‘With a smile and strength we will shape tomorrow.’ The optimistic rap lyrics of Samir, Abdulrahman and Mohamed – three refugee brothers who want to be Syria’s hottest hip hop stars. Syrian Refugee Children Out of School in Turkey.

Child Driven Education. Anche la loro scuola è stata bombardata, ma i bambini non mollano e ci tornano. Sono loro gli Eroi. #Aleppo #Siria. The children of aleppo still need to play - so they paint their own playground out of a bombed out bus. Child Friendly Spaces Research Collaboration. Mosul's people are staring into hell and need our help. The Forgotten Children - Four Corners. “Generation Standstill” – Educator Hotspot. Children in Calais Jungle to arrive in UK 'in days' UN speaker: Being a refugee is an experience, not an identity. Refugees' suffering can't be eased in their current conditions. An Educated Future for Humanity. WHAT’S IN MY BAG? — Uprooted IRC.

The Jigsaw Classroom. Why We Desperately Need to Help Syrian Refugee Children Get to School. Child Friendly Places. Strengthening Monitoring and Reporting of Attacks on Education. CFS Literature Review final Aug 2012. Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse. Child Protection - Child Friendly Spaces Analysis. INEE (@INEEtweets) Crisis? Send in the Teachers - Teachers Without Borders. On Superheroes – Miss Scott Said What?

Clouds Over Sidra. Clouds Over Sidra: A Virtual Reality (VR) film. Teachers Without Borders.