The idea for Sky School was conceived in 2016, in response to the gap in quality secondary education provision for young displaced people.
In emergencies and crises, the immediate focus of governments, NGOs and other agencies is often on primary school education, security, health and other basic needs. With a growing number of opportunities at tertiary level for displaced youth, secondary education remains neglected. As a result, 78% of refugee youth do not complete their secondary education. And yet, many young people look for an accredited high school degree that will be recognised by higher education institutions in many different countries and has the potential to unlock opportunities for further training and work as well.
Sky School is working with international schools and teachers around the world, as well as with refugee youth, to design a high school diploma programme that will be internationally recognised. The Sky School Diploma Programme will consist of a multilingual curriculum, co-designed with and tailored to the needs of refugee learners. It will contain a combination of subject specific learning and a project-based social entrepreneurship programme.
The curriculum will be modular and flexible: students will be able to study individual courses or study ten courses in order to complete the full diploma. Recognising the needs and time constraints for refugee youth, study is self-paced - but always guided and supported by facilitators and team leaders. The curriculum will be accredited by a number of top international schools.
A NEW EDUCATIONAL MODEL
Sky School’s blended learning model harnesses the potential of online learning to deliver content, combining this with the power of physical learning communities. Students can study Sky School courses online wherever they are in the world, and are able to gain support on the ground at Sky School Hubs. For more information on how the model works, see here.
Recognising that students of Sky School will be required to be entrepreneurial, creative, and even to help rebuild their communities and countries in the future, all Sky School programmes equip students with the skills and mindset to become changemakers and there is a specific programmatic focus on social entrepreneurship.
For the pilot, the Sky School team will run three courses which will take place from October 2017 - May 2018. The courses will be open to refugee learners around the world, and there will be Sky School Hub in Amman, Jordan and Kakuma Camp, Kenya where students can come together to learn, gain access to technology and will be assisted by an on-site facilitator. All courses for the pilot will be accredited by UWCSEA. The courses will serve as a basis for developing the full Sky School diploma, which will be rolled out from autumn 2018. All students who take part in the pilot courses will be able to continue studying for the full diploma programme. You can find more information about upcoming courses here.