In August 2017 The Klosters Forum brought together a hand picked cohort of expert practitioners and funders to give time and space for innovation in Refugee Education. Participating organisations included: Microsoft, IKEA, UNHCR, UNICEF, Save The Children, DfID, the University of Geneva, SNHU, Arizona State University, iAct, NetHope, World Vision, Refugee Trauma Initiative, Rumie, Libraries without Borders, and many more.
THE KLOSTERS FORUM PROJECTS 2017
The following projects were initiated during/after the TKF. More conversations are ongoing.
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Following TKF 2017, iACT and Refugee Trauma Initiative started to explore the potential co-implementation of Little Ripples, a comprehensive preschool programme for refugees in Greece. They are currently seeking funding to start this partnership.
The No Lost Generation (NLG) Tech Task Force hosted the NLG Silicon Valley Symposium at Microsoft in San Francisco that brought together 50+ representatives from private and humanitarian sector including organisations that attended TKF 2017 - Microsoft, Arizona State University, UNICEF, World Vision and IRC. As result of the working session at the Symposium, several organisations are working on multiple project-based cross-sector collaborations to address four challenges that displaced youth and adolescents face.
Kiwix and Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (Libraries Without Borders) have started a collaboration with Internet-in-a-box working on defining standards for offline software platforms.
In late 2017, World Connect (through Avinash Kaza / Upswell) awarded iACT a $4,400 grant for the Donkey Ripples livelihood solution that creates a sustainable income for iACT's refugee-led Little Ripples early childhood program. This program will be implemented by refugees in March and April 2018.
Arizona State University (ASU) and Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (Libraries Without Borders), with the involvement of IFLA, organised an international summit from January 29 to February 1, 2018. 25 practitioners from around the world met at ASU to explore possible synergies and the formation of a consortium to provide offline Internet Services for communities without access to such services and as back up when Internet fails. The medium to long-term goals of the consortium are to design and implement common projects, align technologies and practice, build an instrument to expand fundraising capacities for offline internet solutions and to develop global standards for offline internet. Participants from TKF 2017 from Kiwix, Learning Equality, INEE and Rumie were amongst the organisations that attended. https://www.offline-internet.org/
Learning Equality have collaborated with UNHCR on a project supported by Google.org to deliver digital learning in contexts serving refugee students in Jordan, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania (secondary level with focus on life skills and STEM).
A proposed project between Microsoft, Relief International and the Building Peace Foundation to build innovation labs using technology developed by Microsoft that can hugely improve the access to education in the camps. The partnership is currently seeking funding.