“The reason I work with refugees is not an attachment to my region or my wish to serve the marginalised. I work with refugees because they are in the best position and [have the] ability to lead the change we desperately need to see in the world. If we [dare] to dream about living in a peaceful world, we [will need the guidance and wisdom] of those who have seen its full spectrum and understand it in a way others couldn't.”
We are delighted to have completed the “curriculum hackathons” for the courses that form the initial Sky School Diploma Programme.
Sky School is delighted to announce a partnership with Lenovo Foundation and Jangala. In our upcoming collaboration, we will work together to enable hundreds more displaced youth in sub-Saharan Africa to access Sky School learning.
Sky School is thrilled to announce that we have entered a funding partnership with the Emergence Foundation, a UK-based organisation that supports organisations, charities, social enterprises and projects that are engaged in and committed to the uplift of individuals, organisations and culture at large, providing a force of positive change in the world.
Meet Saad, former Sky School student turned facilitator. Read about his experiences as a Sky School student and refugee that empowered him to impart his skills to his students.
This Refugee Week, we are raising awareness of the educational situations of young people who are displaced around the world. How much do you know about the challenges - and opportunities - involved in refugee education? Here’s 7 Key things to know:
Meet Therese, one of Sky School’s dynamic Course Leaders. Her belief in equal access to education led her to partner with us in designing a new and promising course for Sky School learners - Participation for Positive Change. Read about her experience, and consider joining our team and helping make education accessible to the millions of refugees and internally displaced people throughout the world.
Sky School would like to introduce Pascal, our passionate Lead Facilitator in Kakuma Camp, Kenya and Executive Director of URISE for Africa. Find out more about Pascal’s journey to becoming a facilitator for Sky School’s Social Entrepreneurship and Peace Building courses as well as what drives him to empower refugee youth.
Mofti Abdalla is originally from Sudan and currently lives in Kakuma Camp, Kenya. Mofti is a Sky School alumnus of both the Social Entrepreneurship and Peace-building Courses. Polly from Sky School caught up with Mofti to see what he has been up to since finishing the courses, and how he feels like learning with Sky School has had an impact on his life.
The United World College of South East Asia, based in Singapore, is Sky School’s founding school partner and is wholly committed to working with Sky School to bridge the gap in quality education for displaced youth. Read more about the incredible Sky School-UWCSEA partnership in this article!
Sky School would like to introduce you to another one of our dynamic and passionate Course Facilitators, Elissavet. Elissavet has facilitated Sky School courses on Social Entrepreneurship and Peace-building in Athens, Greece. Find out more about what drives her to be involved with Sky School and refugee education in this article.
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.