Mosaik Education are a unique charity with a mission to empower a community of refugees to shape and lead programmes that improve access to university.
We’ve asked them a few questions about some of the inspiring work they have done to support student refugees in Lebanon and Jordan into higher education. Read more about this below.
What is the name of the project?
Digital Guidance Workshops for Refugees Access University in Jordan and Lebanon
What are the aims of this project?
To provide prospective refugee students with an understanding of opportunities available to them, the skills to evaluate their options, and support in preparing applications.
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Only 3% of refugees reach university, whilst the global average enrolment rate is 37%. University lets refugees contribute to local economies, increase their self-sufficiency and support their families.
There has been a significant increase in the number of scholarships and online higher education opportunities afforded to refugees. However, young refugees who are in between formal education systems are often unaware of the full range of opportunities and struggle with meeting the demands of scholarship applications.
Mosaik’s Digital Guidance Workshops are eight modules that provide prospective refugee students with an understanding of opportunities available to them, the skills to evaluate their options, and support in preparing applications.
The Workshops were designed with refugee youth during 2018 – and the content includes online advice, stories and information produced by current refugee students. Delivery of the Workshops uses a ‘blended’ setup: materials are based on the online learning system and access is facilitated at computer labs of local civil society organisations (CSOs) in Jordan and Lebanon. This year project has been funded by Open Society Foundations, UK Aid and the University of East London.
What were some of the key messages coming out of this project?
By using participatory design with young refugees, bringing them in as co-creators of programmes, and by leveraging technology, Mosaik is able to develop programming that is relevant and accessible. Furthermore, it recognises the energy, talent and valuable insight that refugee communities have to shape education programming.
How will the results and outcomes of this be shared?
Mosaik will publish an end of year report highlighting key results and learning.
Who is the target audience of this project?
Target audience of the project: Young refugees based in Jordan and Lebanon
Target audience of the reports: funding institutions (for grants), academia (for collaboration and research), public (for raising awareness and crowdfunding
Who should I contact if I wish to get in touch?
Ben Webster, CEO – firstname.lastname@example.org
A big thank you to Mosaik for sharing details of this project with us.
To find out more about Mosaik Education and how you can support, please visit www.mosaik.ngo