WISE Learners' Voice

2017-18 First Residential Session

In March the Learners’ Voice Program hosted its first residential session in Athens, Greece. The two-week intensive session brought together 21 participants from around the world to explore the global forced migration and refugee crisis.

This first residential session comprised of interactive workshops led by experts from Harvard University, Sciences Po, American Community School of Athens, among others. The workshops were designed to spark creative thinking and discussion among participants around both practical and theoretical knowledge of the refugee and education in emergency challenge, in addition to developing their communication, leadership and project development skills. The group devoted their attention to supporting the work of organizations working in both urban and camp refugee communities in Athens, including Drop in the Ocean, Jafra Foundation, Homeproject and Campfire Innovation.

The Athens residential session is designed to enable participants to apply their skills and knowledge in their research and development of innovative educational projects throughout the year. The Learners came together to form project groups, each one tackling a forced migration challenge. Learners continue to develop their group projects online with the support of mentors. In June, the Learners will reconvene in Athens to develop their project and pilot it on the ground. Selected projects will have the opportunity to present their project to audience of relevant stakeholders and partners at a global event.  

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American Community Schools (ACS) Athens is a student-centered international school, embracing American educational philosophy, principles, and values. Through excellence in teaching and diverse educational experiences, ACS Athens challenges all students to realize their unique potential: academically, intellectually, socially and ethically — to thrive as responsible global citizens.