The Patatas – An Education Solutions Consultancy

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 …

Considerations for education in rural areas: 5 important points

Definition of rural area National Geographic defines rural as an area where the population density is very low in comparison to an urban area. The primary industry for most rural areas is agriculture as there are large plots of land surrounding their houses. People living in the rural community often work on fields or farms …

Improve Education in Rural Areas without Internet and Electrical Plugs: 4 Ways to do so

Rural Areas The easiest way to define rural areas is through the lowly populated density of the rural community, relative to more urban areas. Although some may think of it as rustic, serene and free from modern world problems, there are many complex issues that plague the people living in the rural areas. Some problems …

UNICEF Back to School Starter Kit: Pros & Cons

Remember the devastating event that happened in 2019? The Category 5 storm – Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, causing widespread destruction to infrastructures and homes. Efforts to supply the survivors with essential items for survival such as food, water, clothing and lodging was considered top priority. However, children need to continue with their education. Education …

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 …

Introducing New Technology to Tiwala Kids and Communities

Introducing New Technology to Tiwala Kids and Communities Since 2014, The Patatas have been making yearly trips down to Legazpi City, Philippines to visit our partner Tiwala Kids and Communities. With each trip, we’ve brought along new equipment and to introduce new technology so as to expand digital education ‘Project Digi-Eskwela‘ and our latest trip …

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 …