This background paper was commissioned as background information to assist in drafting the 2019 GEM Report, Migration, displacement, and education: Building bridges, not walls.
The aim of these briefs is to raise educators’ awareness of children’s rights as they relate to the four cornerstones of ACEI’s Love Me, Teach Me campaign.
Meeting the needs of children in refugee communities is a growing concern. Supporting their physical and emotional well-being is a challenge, as is protecting their right to quality education. Innovations are necessary to meet these challenges. Given the circumstances that have contributed to refugee crises around the world, education innovations that promote a culture of peace and empathy are particularly important.
The Little Ripples model has demonstrated: delivery of a high-quality, context- and culturally-specific curriculum; high student attendance rates; teacher retention rates of 80% over five years; and program sustainability.
The Little Ripples curriculum is a pre-established, evidence-based outline that trains and guides refugee teachers in mindfulness, play-based literacy and numeracy, empathy and social emotional development, positive behavior management and protection, peacebuilding, and hygiene practices for young children.