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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Are there courses already available that I can take?
A: At the moment, there are no Sky School courses available that you can apply for. In November 2017 we ran a pilot short course in Kenya, Jordan and Greece (as well as online). We intend to run another short course in these locations (and possibly others) in the early summer of 2018. If you are interested in applying as a student, make sure to keep an eye on our website and subscribe to our newsletter for updates. We hope two launch the first full, two year Sky School curriculum in early 2019. Students who participate in one of our short courses can of course apply for the full curriculum once applications open.
Q: In what language are Sky School courses going to be taught? Do I need to speak English fluently?
A: Our goal is to create a curriculum that is both widely accessible and prepares students for further study or work. A basic understanding of English is important, but there is no need to speak the language fluently. We want students to learn English not just by being taught in a traditional language class, but by speaking, reading and writing in all areas of study during the course. Although a lot of the course material provided will be in English, we will always work to tailor the course to its local context. This means that we recruit facilitators who speak several languages and can always help you out if you are having trouble understanding something. It also means you might be giving a presentation in English one day, while analysing an article from a local newspaper or reading a book in your mother tongue the next!
Q: Do I get a high school diploma by completing one of the courses?
A: As of yet, our full two year curriculum (which will award successful students with a high school diploma) is still in development. We are working hard to establish partnerships with educational organizations and different colleges/universities, to ensure that successful students receive a recognized high school diploma. The two year diploma programme is not available yet. For participation in one of our short courses, students receive an official certificate of participation (which you may of course add to a CV, or list in a job/school application). When students show motivation and participation we are also more than happy to write recommendations for other job/school applications.
Q: What does it cost to take a Sky School course?
A: All of our courses are entirely free: there is no administration/participation fee, regardless of personal circumstances.
Q: Are you looking for volunteers?
A: We are always looking for new people to join our growing team of volunteers. Different areas of work, such as Curriculum and Module Development, Fundraising, Communications and Design, School Pack Development, Research and Local Coordination are all in need of extra support. If you have a different skill or contribution to make, we of course still want to hear from you. Read more and get in touch here.
Q: My school/organisation is interested in partnering up. What sorts of partnerships are you looking for?
A: Sky School is in its early stages, and partnerships are an incredibly important part of our development. If you are part of an organisation that is already running educational or empowerment programmes for displaced adolescents, or that does work that relates to Sky School in another way, we would love to get in touch. Whether you're interested in bringing Sky school to your area, supporting Sky School on an institutional level, or simply offering expertise, let us know! Read more and get in touch here.
Q: Where is Sky School based?
A: Sky School's founders and CEOs, Polly Akhurst and Mia Eskelund Pedersen, are based in London, UK. That being said, our growing team of volunteers, advisors and facilitators are spread around the globe: you can get to know the team over here. If you are interested in getting in touch with a specific team member, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may be able to help out.