The Patatas – An Education Solutions Consultancy

How does the Russia and Ukraine border crisis impact education?

On 24 February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine. Russian missiles have hit several Ukrainian cities, including the capital, Kyiv. This conflict has disrupted life for many Ukrainian citizens. Many are forced to flee to other countries for safety. This has also affected both Ukraine and Russia economically and socio-politically. One less discussed …

Ways to Improve Education in Refugee Camps in South Sudan

South Sudan is the newest country on the map, but newfound independence might not always be a call for celebration. After a ghastly civil war, South Sudan gained independence in 2011, but that did not put an end to the unfortunate blood and violence. Two years later, a conflict emerged in South Sudan again, with …

Education in Refugee Camps: Early childhood

Refugee camps are temporary facilities providing immediate protection to refugees. Refugees are people who are forced to flee due to violence, conflict or persecution. Hence, the word “refugee” is often associated with survival – shelter and food. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are a total of 70.8 million people …

Challenges Refugee Students Face and How to Solve Them?

Refugee students face a plethora of challenges to their education journey due to the conditions they live in. Given a student’s goal which is to learn new knowledge and skills at school for the sake of their future, it is tragic that refugee students face problems of access to electricity, the Internet and mobile devices …

Education for Refugees: Barriers and Improvements in access

With the doubling of refugees over the last 10 years to reach the current estimate of 25.9 million, the demand for improving access to refugee education has never been higher. As refugee populations grow, their proportion of young people below 18 has only increased. From under-18s making up 41% of the refugee population in 2009 …

Teaching in Refugee Camps: Challenges and Solutions

Forced to flee their homes to seek safety, away from war and oppression, 37,000 people are displaced daily. The number of refugees has doubled over the past decade and currently stands at 25.9 million worldwide. The growing humanitarian crisis is, to many, one of the greatest challenges humanity faces today. From having to provide refugees …

Syrian Refugees in Primary School Education: 3 Ways of Supporting them

One of the most prominent refugee diasporas would be that of Syrian refugees. Since the Syrian Civil War of 2011, Syrians have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries for asylum. Millions of them flee to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, among other countries within the Middle East. However, them leaving their home country …

Vodafone Instant Network Schools: Highlights and Drawbacks

According to the website of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than half of the refugee children of school age do not go to school. As such, being able to go through education is considered a privilege to them, which is one of the many pressing issues they face, as access to …

CaseStudy Explained

In our last post about our latest trip down to Legazpi, we mentioned briefly about introducing our prototype idea, CaseStudy (previously known as Classroom in a Box), to the Tiwala teachers. CaseStudy is an idea that was conceived by our Chief Operating Officer because he wanted to explore something that could increase student engagement in …

Social Innovation Defined

We have been using the term “Social Innovation” to describe what The Patatas is all about but what exactly does that mean? As defined by Wikipedia, social innovation is the different ways of doing things that meet social needs such as education and healthcare. Social innovation includes the social processes of innovation, such as open …