Sky School Says Blended Learning Model is Needed to Support World’s Displaced Refugees Who Do Not Get a Quality Education

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In a recent interview with CMRubinWorld, the Co-Founder and Co-Executive of Sky School, Polly Akhurst, discusses a new blended learning model curriculum inspired by the OECD’s Education 2030 research.

According to the UNHCR report, “Stepping Up”, of 7.1 million refugee youngsters of school age, more than half do not attend lessons. The barriers that prevent them from accessing learning become harder to overcome as they get older, the report shows.

In a new interview with C M Rubin,Founder of CMRubinWorld, Polly Akhurst, Co-Founder of Sky School, says her school’s learning model supports displaced youth, enabling them to get back into learning. “We were inspired by the OECD’s Education 2030 project, which places agency at its center focal point to reach their long term goal regarding both societal and individual well-being,” says Akhurst.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has challenged education systems globally to rethink curriculum and develop new and improved learning models. “It’s really encouraging to see an increasing number of models that take a learner-centric approach which considers the challenges that young people face today,” adds Akhurst, who believes that while it will take a while for all systems to change, “we will eventually start to see more of a human-centered approach within education.”

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Polly Akhurst is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Sky School, a non-profit developed in 2016 that aims to resolve the gap in quality education for displaced youth. By partnering with local organizations, Akhurst has delivered a blended learning model that has helped over 100 refugee youth to be educated.

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