The Patatas – An Education Solutions Consultancy

 3 Types of Alternative Schools That Exist Today

Malcom X, a prominent human rights activist, once said that “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” With this spirit of education in mind, we are no stranger to the importance of education here in Singapore. We possess the benefit of compulsory education and heavy …

Using Wikipedia Offline to Educate Students

At the sight of the words ‘Wikipedia’ and ‘Education’, some may instinctively get alarmed and bemoan that it is an unreliable source of information for education. As a crowd-sourced site built on a wiki platform, anyone can edit the free information at any time of the day. This leaves the information on Wikipedia vulnerable to …

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 …

Unique Schooling in Remote Villages

Living life in remote villages is tough. Not only are you often deprived of well-connected transport systems, stable electricity and Internet connection; basic necessities like food and clean, running water are difficult to come by. On top of these, remote villages face a struggle to upkeep an education system, with many facing low local staff …

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 …

Classroom in a Box: Highlights and Areas for Improvement

In June 2015, Samsung announced the release of Classroom in a Box in collaboration with McGraw-Hill Education (an education company dedicated to creating improved educational experiences based in Learning Science research). Samsung announced its intention to positively impact students through technology while giving teachers the tools required to harness the power of education to improve …