''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!

THE SITUATION

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.

Our work focuses on two related areas:

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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.

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2. DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

We are currently working with a group of educationalists and displaced learners to develop an internationally recognised high school diploma programme. The Diploma Programme will involve students taking individual courses in a sequence. The Diploma Programme will launch in 2019.

OUR APPROACH: WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL?

Secondary Education Secondary education is often neglected during emergencies, receiving only 13% of education funding. While most humanitarian efforts focus on primary education provision, and there are a number of innovative higher education initiatives there remains a gap in secondary level education. Without adequate secondary education, learners are unable to progress to higher education, training or dignified work.

Secondary Education
Secondary education is often neglected during emergencies, receiving only 13% of education funding. While most humanitarian efforts focus on primary education provision, and there are a number of innovative higher education initiatives there remains a gap in secondary level education. Without adequate secondary education, learners are unable to progress to higher education, training or dignified work.

Flexible Many refugee learners are not able to access more traditional schools because of the need to work to support their families. Plus, in many places, refugees cannot access services after the age of 18. Sky School courses are delivered via a blended learning model (online and offline), which enables learners students to study flexibly. We also accept learners who are older and who would not be included in national systems.

Flexible
Many refugee learners are not able to access more traditional schools because of the need to work to support their families. Plus, in many places, refugees cannot access services after the age of 18. Sky School courses are delivered via a blended learning model (online and offline), which enables learners students to study flexibly. We also accept learners who are older and who would not be included in national systems.

International curriculum with a local focus Many refugee youth do not know which country they will be living in in the future. The lives and experiences of refugee youth transcend national borders.This is why at Sky School, we are designing a curriculum that is global in nature and will be globally recognised, while being adaptable to context and language needs.

International curriculum
with a local focus

Many refugee youth do not know which country they will be living in in the future. The lives and experiences of refugee youth transcend national borders.This is why at Sky School, we are designing a curriculum that is global in nature and will be globally recognised, while being adaptable to context and language needs.

Partnership-based We know that organisations who work with displaced learners and have operations on the ground know their context best. That’s why our programmes are delivered in partnership with local partner organisations. While Sky School creates the curriculum, and provides an online platform for delivery, partners contribute space, learning mentors and local expertise, and localise the curriculum.

Partnership-based
We know that organisations who work with displaced learners and have operations on the ground know their context best. That’s why our programmes are delivered in partnership with local partner organisations. While Sky School creates the curriculum, and provides an online platform for delivery, partners contribute space, learning mentors and local expertise, and localise the curriculum.

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