A collaboration between the HEA, War Child Holland, NYU Global TIES for Children and Porticus

COVID-19 related school closures have caused significant disruption to classroom-based learning across the globe — leaving some one billion learners out of school and compounding existing challenges, particularly within the Education in Emergencies (EiE) sector.

While many Governments have turned to connected education and tech-driven programmes to support continued learning during school closures, there is little available evidence on the impact of distance learning on learning outcomes, especially for children affected by crisis and conflict and regarding holistic learning outcomes.

Understanding the impact of the…

by Tihitina Woldetensae, Business Development Officer, Whiz Kids Workshop

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Whiz Kids Workshop (WKW), founded in 2005, is an Ethiopian, woman-led, indigenous social enterprise with a mission to improve the lives of Ethiopian children and youth through cost-effective, age-appropriate and culturally relevant educational media. WKW implements four local innovative and tested solutions with educational content from pregnancy to early childhood, to early adolescence and youth.

To effectively mobilise and acquire behavioural change at scale, WKW works across Ethiopia in six regions and produces content in seven local languages. WKW works with regional education bureaus and hundreds of schools, as well as…

What PEAS learned during the HEA Phase II Bootcamp


PEAS is an award-winning social enterprise with a mission to expand access to sustainably delivered quality secondary education across Africa. We are proud that evidence shows we are achieving this within our secondary schools, which enrol students from poorer backgrounds and help them make faster learning progress. PEAS is also proud of our success in establishing effective partnerships with governments to improve the education systems in which we work. However, we always believe that we can get better at the things we do best, so when we were invited to participate in HEA’s 2021 bootcamp this March, we welcomed the…

HEA Stage 1 finalists, Codi, share their key learnings and reflections from the HEA’s Phase II Virtual bootcamp

Codi Lead Trainer presenting the Full-Stack Web Development Framework

Like most of us, Codi has needed to significantly adapt over the last 18 months in order to survive, remain relevant and ahead of the curve. As a Lebanese NGO, we have found ourselves facing extremely challenging environmental factors over the last few months especially, reflective of the economic and political turbulence in Lebanon, compounded by the aftermath of the Beirut August 4th 2020 explosion and COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Since 2017, we have been in the business of changing lives in Lebanon…

Sharing some of the HEA team’s lessons learned from putting together a 5-day training Bootcamp at distance, for our HEA Phase II: Stage 1 cohort.

Following our official launch of HEA Phase II in December 2020, we received more than 150 applications for the HEA programme, spread across our 5 focus countries of Chad, Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon and Uganda. As HEA Phase II takes a stage-gated approach to selecting our grantees, our next step was to select 10 teams to participate in Stage 1 — our Scaling Bootcamp.

It quickly became clear that we had an impressively strong group of…

by Mike Dawson, CEO of Ustad Mobile

Ustad Mobile has been honoured to be the technology partner working with Amal Alliance and Friendship NGO for the implementation of the Colors of Kindness curriculum in Bangladesh. The programme required rapid implementation with just weeks from getting a green light to starting classes. Below are our top tips on implementing the tech side of a distance education programme, from a distance, within a short timeframe.

Keep the User Experience (UX) as simple as possible

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Teacher training is vital, but keeping the UX as simple as possible is equally vital. The ease of…

by Danielle de la Fuente, CEO of Amal Alliance

A group activity at Bakurchar Government Primary School in Bangladesh.

September 10th was a momentous day in the history of our organization. Amal Alliance successfully conducted its first ever virtual training, with participants spread across three different countries and time zones. Some people had just started their day, while others had just finished evening prayer. Everyone was eager to learn about Colors of Kindness and its social emotional pedagogical approach, which normally would be taught in person.

But how do you teach about human behaviour and interaction through a digital platform?

Even though the COVID pandemic has forced us to be…

by Mosaik Education

Abeer, Teacher participating in Mosaik ELT distance training through the Open Dogme Toolkit (ODT).

As part of the HEA, Mosaik has been developing and testing the Open Dogme Toolkit (ODT). The Toolkit aims to support English language teachers of refugee youth to maintain the interactive and human side of ELT during Covid-19.

Since the design sprint, we have facilitated online training for two cohorts of teachers. The training consists of six facilitated 1-hour sessions delivered via Zoom, plus one Moodle platform induction session and four hours of self study. …

By Claire Mongeau, CEO and Phoebe Khagame, Head of Operations, M-Shule

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The problem of sustainability is one that challenges every education platform working in tough contexts, including ours. When M-Shule started, we envisioned a world in which every learner — even those in the most resource-strapped, marginalized communities in Sub-Saharan Africa — could access impactful learning tools on the basic feature phones already in their homes. We set ourselves up as a social enterprise with double impact and financial bottom lines, to use the power of business and tech innovation to impact millions. …

by Ben Webster, CEO & Founder of Mosaik Education

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In September this year, Mosaik joined the Humanitarian Education Accelerator (HEA) as one of three organisations selected to be part of the HEA’s Covid-19 Challenge.

As part of the HEA, Mosaik is developing and testing a minimum viable product version of our Open Dogme Toolkit: online training on ‘Dogme’ strategies, facilitation guides for mobile-based teaching, and a community of practice. The Toolkit aims to support English language teachers of refugee youth to maintain the interactive and human side of ELT during Covid-19.

Humanitarian Education Accelerator

Education Cannot Wait-funded programme, led by UNHCR, generating evidence, building evaluation capacity and guiding effective scaling of education innovations.

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