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  • Primary/Secondary Ed

Amala offers two core programmes; Short Courses and a High School Diploma. Short courses, in areas such as “Peacebuilding”, “Social Entrepreneurship” and “Maths for Change”, run for 10 weeks and consist of 60 hours of in-person class time and 40 hours of online study. Short courses can also be delivered through an online-only model.

The Amala High School Diploma is the first international high school diploma for displaced youth. The programme is typically run over a fifteen month period and includes ten Amala courses, a personal interest project and a pathways advising programme. The time commitment for students is 20 hours per week; 12 through synchronous in person sessions and 8 through online independent work. The High School Diploma is currently available in Amala’s Jordan and Kenyan hubs.

Both prgrammes have flexibility at their core and are designed to fit around the daily lives of students. They are delivered by facilitators, who are trained and given ongoing support by the Amala team.

Facilitators usually come from the local community (some are also Amala lumni) and have a deep knowledge of their contexts, enabling them to adapt the curriculum accordingly. Learning at Amala involves shifts in thinking and behaviour which result in an increased capacity to have a positive impact on the world. The curriculum was developed collaboratively with 150 educators and refugee students from around the world, and is designed to build agency, develop competencies, be contextual inclusive, create community and support facilitators. Both programmes are currently available in English and are free for students.

Title Amala Education
Date launched 2016
Status (Ongoing, forthcoming) Ongoing
Type of Resource Other [Video and audio calling platforms / Voice and text messaging platforms]
Purpose Secondary Education, civic integration, life skills
Online or Blended Blended
Learning outcomes Amala’s mission is to use transformative education to create opportunities and inspire positive change in the lives of refugees and their communities. Through Amala’s high quality education programmes, out-of-school displaced youth and members of their host community are able to complete their secondary education, develop life skills, access further opportunities and contribute to their community.
Target group 16-25 year old refugees, internally displaced, asylum seekers, as well as students from the host community.
Evaluation results/ monitoring plan N/A
Learning assessment Amala short courses are not assessed. Students graduate from the 10 week programme if they have engaged in class discussion and independent learning and have a good attendance record.
The Amala High School Diploma takes a competency-based approach to assessment. There are no exams, rather, throughout the programme, students provide evidence of their learning in order to meet Amala’s seven key competency areas: sustainable innovation, resourcefulness, leading change, self-navigated learning, understanding self, other people and cultures, technical, scientific and numerical literacy and problem solving and critical thinking. These competencies are converted into credits towards the High School Diploma, which feature alongside a portfolio of work on our digital transcript through our partner, the Mastery Transcript Consortium.
Recognition or certification of learning Upon completion of an Amala short course, students receive a certificate from Amala and our partner school UWC South East Asia.
Amala is currently in the early stages of gaining CIS accreditation for the Amala High School Diploma.
Europass Aligned with basic Europass fields
Financing and sustainability model The Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education, Kahane Foundation, Emergence Foundation, Horizon Foundation, British and Foreign Schools Society, Allen & Overy Foundation, Private donations.
Leading Organization Educational Partner: UWC South East Asia
Implementing partners: Solidarity Now, Wave Thessaloniki
Technology partner: AULA
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Is this initiative country-specific? If yes, please specify the country. Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America