Not all refugees live in communities delineated by rows of uniform tents. Many dwell outside of settlements in abandoned homes, or makeshift structures set in cities or in remote villages. This can make the goal of educating children in crisis even more challenging.
TentED partner, the EDGE Institute, has developed an innovative “Pop-up School” model that meets children in the places where they are living. EDGE sets up in unfinished buildings or other vacant spaces bringing displaced young people together to learn, to create and to be kids again. Programming typically lasts for 2 hours a day, one day a week. During this time, children receive art, language, hygiene lessons, and a nourishing snack.
This education outreach, which can only happen with support from local community leaders, also benefits the towns where pop-up schools are hosted. EDGE sponsors community-wide game nights, movie nights and parent meetings that support refugee family members as well as long-time residents.
TentED is seeking $3,300 to fund a pop-up school to be set between the villages of Rikava and Kharshinya in Dohuk Province, where a combined 500 Yazidi children live. Currently, the only school available is over a three-mile walk away; inaccessible to over half of the children in the villages. Through this project, TentED and EDGE will deliver access to school to these kids. One day a week, in shifts, the program will serve 100-150 students in two “classrooms,” including a preschool story time.
Please help us raise funds to move children, many of whom have been out of school for years, into classrooms so they can enjoy the fun and learning that will give their lives structure and signal hope to them and to their villages.
What your donation will accomplish:
$26 will help 1 child benefit from pop-up schooling for 6 months.
$104 will cover the cost of 4 children for 6 months of pop-up school.
$330 will cover the cost of transportation of volunteer teachers to the villages.
$1050 will provide school supplies for all 6 months of the program.