‘Kenourgia Dynatótites’ is a Greek phrase meaning new possibilities and represents the opportunities for new beginnings, that Project Philoxenia will provide the refugee boys and girls of Lagkadikia.
The ICT program offered within the Lagidikia Child Friendly Space (LCFS), aims to use technology as a platform for creating new possibilities, to improve student learning and teacher pedagogy.
In addition to this, the ICT program will be integrated seamlessly through all programs in the LCFS and not taught as a stand alone subject.
This is important at Lagidikia, as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation(2013) claim that “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can contribute to universal access to education, equity in education, the delivery of quality learning and teaching, teachers’ professional development and more efficient education management…”.
To achieve this, Project Philoxenia plans to work in collaboration with UNHCR and the Greek Vodafone Foundation to implement the ‘Digital School in a Box’ program, which has already proven successful in refugee camps across Africa.
The Digital School in a box will provide the LCFS with a laptop, 25 tablets pre-loaded with educational software, a projector, speaker and a hotspot modem with 3G connectivity.
Access to a program such as the Digital School in a box will provide opportunities for teachers to:
• access comprehensive training materials and take part in online training courses and professional development webinars.
• access resources to help differentiate for the individual needs of refugee boys and girls within the LCFS, particularly in Literacy and Numeracy.
• connect and learn with other educators, experts and classrooms around the world through programs such as Twitter and Skype Classroom
Access to a program such as the Digital School in a box will provide opportunities for the boys and girls of LCFS to:
• maintain links to family and loved ones living beyond the Lagkidikia Camp.
• engage with interactive lessons and activities to improve Literacy and Numeracy skills.
• connect with and explore the world beyond Lagkadikia through programs such as Google cardboard, Skype Classroom and Class Twitter accounts.
• develop appropriate ICT skills for the future