''I dream of using my knowledge to help my community and promote
girls' education, but there is a lack of educational opportunities here.''
- Rose (18) from South Sudan, currently living in Kakuma Camp, Kenya
Are you between 16 and 25 years of age? Are you a refugee or have you been affected by conflict? Have you been unable to complete your high school studies? Do you want to create positive change in your own life, and in your community or country? Sky School could be for you!
We are living in an increasingly complex and uncertain world: climate change, global tensions and inequality. This new world demands education that will enable young people of today to thrive in tomorrow’s world. Refugees are at the crux of this uncertainty, and yet many are not able to complete their basic education. Globally, only 23% of refugee adolescents are enrolled in high school, compared to 84% of non-refugees. In low income countries, only 9% are in school.
Completion of secondary education is key to unlocking opportunities for higher education study, as well as for job-related training and work. Education gives young people agency over themselves and their choices, helping them to become active citizens in local and global communities. Sky School’s objective is to provide young refugees with the tools they require to overcome obstacles, and grow towards becoming a generation of empowered individuals.
WHAT WE DO
Our vision is of a world where all refugee and disadvantaged youth can access education that enables them to thrive and make positive change. Our mission is to provide learning programmes that enable displaced and disadvantaged learners to change their own lives and those of others.
Sky School is a not-for-profit which enables learners who are displaced and affected by conflict to access secondary education programmes, using a blended learning (online and offline) approach and a modular curriculum.
Our work focuses on two related areas:
1. INDIVIDUAL COURSES
We develop and work with partners to deliver secondary level courses on topics such as social entrepreneurship, peacebuilding and sustainable development. Each Sky School course enables learners to gain the confidence, agency and the transferable skills needed to thrive and make change in the world. Students gain a certificate of completion from Sky School and our partner school UWCSEA.
2. DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
We are currently working with a group of educators and displaced learners to develop a recognised high school diploma programme. The Diploma Programme will have a modular structure, and will involve students taking individual courses in a sequence. The Diploma Programme will launch in 2019.