We are supporting cutting-edge education innovations
that are ready to scale in emergencies

Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have partnered to form the first Humanitarian Education Accelerator. The initiative will help us understand how to transform good pilot projects into scalable educational initiatives for refugees and displaced communities worldwide.

By developing a cohort of successful humanitarian innovators, we hope to build a strong evidence base of effective methods to scale and evaluate programs for refugee education. 

Selected candidates benefit from:

- Tailored mentorship on the scaling process and on evaluation;
- Annual bootcamps to build organizational capacity and enable peer-support;
- A fully-funded external evaluation and;
- Up to £300’000 to strengthen evaluation capacity within your organisation.


Our teams will continously update us on their journey as they scale their projects. Please have a look at our blog space! 

Meet the Teams!

We received over 207 applications in two calls for project proposals.
Five teams were selected that will participate in the HEA programme over the next two years.
Please do click through their profiles to learn more!

Libraries without Borders

The Ideas Box is a mobile “pop up” ​multimedia​ center that provides educational and cultural resources to communities in need, including refugees and displaced persons in camps around the globe, and underserved communities in developed countries. Each Ideas Box contains a server, generator, 25 tablets and laptops, a cinema, games, arts & crafts, and a stage for music and theatre. Beyond a toolkit, the Ideas Box is a revolutionary intervention in humanitarian response. At present, Libraries Without Borders has implemented Ideas Box projects in Burundi, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. We also have programs in select locations in Europe and the United States

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Caritas Switzerland

For children, learning - in whichever way - is a desire and is inseparable from their natural curiosity. In conflict or crisis situations however, children usually have no access to a safe learning environment, suffer from stress, or various degrees of trauma and, as a result, often disconnect from their natural “learning flow”. «Essence of Learning» is an integrated pedagogical psycho-social learning program that aims to establish safe and motivation-based educational services to promote children’s ability to learn, and thus prepares children in emergency situations for a successful re-integration into school. The approach can be adapted to the needs of different age groups, such as early childhood development, primary and secondary school level. Currently it is scaling in West Bank, Gaza, and Lebanon.

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War Child Holland and the 'Can't wait to Learn' project aim to use innovative, cost-effective technology solutions, already successfully trialed in Sudan, to increase the number of children in emergencies with access to quality education in Sudan and two countries in the Middle East. Children learn by playing serious educational games on tablet. The game itself includes instruction, practice, and a learning management system.

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The Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP) and the Equity in Education in Refugee Camps in Kenya (EERCK) project aim to improve learning outcomes of refugee and host community girls through support at the individual, school and community level. Both projects use WUSC’s innovative remedial classes as a way of providing targeted accelerated learning opportunities to girls who are extremely marginalized and in danger of dropping out of school.

In this blog four girls discuss their KEEP experience. 

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Kepler university program is piloting a blended learning university at Kiziba Refugee Camp in western Rwanda in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University. The program pairs online learning with in-person seminars and specialized support in order to offer U.S.-accredited degrees to refugee students. Kepler Kiziba is working to increase the access of refugee students to a world-class higher education degree, while also testing the scalability of the model in other refugee camps and with refugees in various stages of the resettlement process.

Get an inside look into the views and experiences of two students. 

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