Camp Moria, Lesvos, Greece is home to approximately 20,000 refugees, of which a quarter are children. The education paradox in these camps is that if a 7 year old refugee child enters a refugee camp in 2015 and if 5 years later the child is still in the camp, what age does that make the child? Unfortunately, the reality is that the child is more than likely going to still be a 7 year old or in some cases even lower in terms of their mental age.
The other issue is that refugees remain in camps for years with no formalised education plan, so it becomes very difficult for them to integrate into society properly. The Online School, a UK based social enterprise who are seen to be “The Netflix equivalent for live, online interactive lessons” are working with a refugee NGO based in Greece called Team Humanity.
Team Humanity will coordinate a learning space in Camp Moria for the refugees to congregate and participate in live lessons delivered by The Online School using computers and projectors. They will also assist with any technical setup, connectivity issues as well as encouraging the refugees to arrive at lessons that are appropriate for their age and learning ability.
Both entities appreciate that the approach needs to be more dynamic than just connecting a laptop in a refugee camp to a teacher at the other end. That’s essentially The Online School’s standard consumer offering and that is all aligned towards the UK Curriculum currently. The solution for Camp Moria would mean to leverage teachers that have an understanding of the main ethnicities present amongst the refugees, be able to speak their native language as well as have the ability to help them learn in English. There would also need to be a system in place that tracks progress and lesson attendance for each student. The NGO can use this data to coordinate with the refugees in Camp Moria and ensure everyone gets a fair chance to attend lessons.