As an Educateurs sans Frontieres (EsF) initiative, the Corner of Hope is a pilot project, located close to Nakuru, Kenya, which demonstrates how Montessori can support the most vulnerable communities such as those in refugee, transit and Internally Displaced Person Camps.
Its aim is self-reliance not dependence, community not school, self ownership and control, dignity and self worth which all play an important role in overcoming the effects of trauma experienced by the inhabitants of the camps. It has the added advantage of building for the future and creating transferable skills that will accompany both adults and children wherever their final destination may be.
The project objectives are as follows:
- To create a school for 520 children within the IDP camp;
- To train 40 teachers with sufficient knowledge to work in other schools;
- To train 4 mentors with the ability to duplicate the project;
- To provide shelter for the school with a wider community purpose;
- To feed the teachers and the children;
- To stimulate enterprise and impart knowledge in respect of the local manufacture of educational puzzles, uniforms, knit wear, furniture and bricks;
- To engage the local community in all aspects of the process;
- To provide a model for government and NGO analysis;
- To seed similar projects in other IDP/Transit Camps;
- All building, organising, teaching to be done by the camp inhabitants with only a small amount of external expertise.
The Corner of Hope is now in its 7th year and is continually proving to be a success having had over 600 children graduate till date.
Although we have come so far there is still much to do. For example, there is the consistent maintenance of the school building, the constant repair of teaching materials/uniforms and always the need for more housing both for staff and members of the community.
The next phase of the project aims to provide a school which could open its doors to ages 6-12. We are already seeing a lot of excitement on the ground and a lot of interest from parents and potential teachers.
For more information and current trip diaries including the latest developments from Kenya, go to AMI Corner of Hope
Corner of Hope featured in First Cohort of Humanitarian Education Accelerator Spotlight Innovations
We are proud to announce that Corner of Hope has been featured as a Spotlight Innovation by the Humanitarian Education Accelerator (HEA) programme. It is part of the First Cohort of ideas that aim to improve education in crisis.
The HEA is a programme that builds from UNICEF and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) earlier collaboration with the UK Department for International Development’s (DFIF) Amplify program, which sought to nurture and test innovative ideas in the earliest stages of development.
More information here: HEA Global Innovations / Corner of Hope
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