Sky School’s curriculum development work relies on dedicated Course Leaders - educational changemakers who lead the development and refining of Sky School courses. Louie Barnett is the Course Leader of our Peace-building Course. In this article, we talk to Louie about why he became involved in Sky School and what it’s led to.
Since June 2018, Sky School has been running a new course ‘Peace-building in your community’ with partners in six countries around the world. 100 young refugees have taken part, and graduated as young peacebuilders with an aspiration to positively impact their communities.
We are thrilled to announce that Sky School has been asked to join the UNHCR’s #With Refugees Coalition. Sky School is one of more than 450 universities, foundations, faith-based organizations, youth groups, UN Agencies, and NGOs who are working in their own unique capacities to promote access to education, shelter and livelihoods to the refugee demographic throughout the world.
Through SOS Children’s Villages Lebanon’s Education in Emergencies project, Sky School courses such as ‘Social Entrepreneurship’, ‘Peace-building’, and ‘Maths for Change’ will be delivered to 400 Syrian refugees and Lebanese youth in the Bekaa Valley in 2019.
Sky School Co-Executive Directors Polly and Mia are proud to have made it onto the WISE (Women in Social Enterprise) 100 list 2018. WISE 100 is a list that recognises the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven business, and is produced annually by Pioneers Post in partnership with NatWest bank.
We are delighted to announce that Sky School has entered a funding partnership with the Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education. The Catalyst Foundation is contributing towards the development of the Sky School Diploma Programme, a modular curriculum which will enable refugee learners to access to quality secondary education and gain the competencies to thrive.
In this video interview, Alphonsina (22), one of Sky School’s first students, shares her experiences as a young refugee unable to continue her education, and discusses her experience of being a Sky School student.
On 15 March 2018 the Sky School team organized its first event, ‘An Evening With Sky School’, in central London. The event turned out to be a wonderful evening of sharing and connecting with Sky School supporters and individuals with an interest in refugee and innovative education.
In November and December of 2017, Sky School ran a pilot course on the topic of social entrepreneurship in Amman (Jordan), Athens (Greece) and Kakuma Camp (Kenya). Keep reading to find out more about what happened and how the course went.
In this interview we talk to Zena (17 years old), one of four students who completed the Sky School course on ‘Social Entrepreneurship - How to become a Changemaker’ entirely online. Zena is attending school at home in Syria, and shares her experience of the course and some of her hopes for the future.
Simon Kavanagh, Director of Kaospilot Learning Design Agency, one of Sky School's founding educational partners, about the Kaospilot’s unique approach to creating learning journeys, and why the Sky School project is important to Kaospilot.
Originally from Damascus, 17 year old Rama is currently living in Jordan with her family. We caught up with Rama to talk more in depth about life in Jordan, her hopes for the future and why she is excited about Sky School.
We are very happy to announce the launch of our technology partnership with Aula Education. Sky School will use the Aula education platform as the main means for our facilitators, teachers and students to communicate with each other and to disseminate the curriculum.
Emerimana Daniel Christian is originally from Burundi and came to Kakuma camp in 2009 and is now the Sky School Lead Coordinator in Kakuma. Find out more about what attracted him to Sky School and why education for refugee youth is important.
Co-founders Mia Eskelund and Polly Akhurst, along with advisory board members Sara Heinrich and Dima Mekdad, attended the Stephen Lloyd Awards on the 27th of June, where Sky School was awarded second place.