Innovative Education Programmes, Geneva Science Policy Interface

Youth are taking a more important part in modern migration and refugee flows. They are disproportionately affected by factors which drive migration and grow more susceptible to immediate and long-term risks in displacement and migration flows.

As a result, many international actors, ranging from UNICEF to UNHCR to NGOs, are working on developing and implementing innovative programs engaging youth and, in line with the goals of the Global Compact for Refugees and the Global Compact for Migration, ensuring that they are empowered and self-reliant. This includes initiatives ranging from youth led advocacy to the use of digital technology such as fabrication laboratories (FabLabs) to radio based education systems. While such initiatives have proliferated, however, the community as a whole lacks an evidence base regarding the effectiveness of these programs. This gap, in turn, limits the capacity of innovative programs to scale up and target a broader community.

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the evidence base for policy actors, practitioners and researchers around innovative education programs that engage youth on the move and produce a practical participatory, youth-led, research tool that will support the design and delivery of higher quality and more accountable education programs targeting youth on the move.

The GSPI provides support to a consortium of initial partners (InZone Centre (University of Geneva), Meraki Labs, Terre des Hommes, IOM) to conduct initial stakeholders’ engagement and conduct a consultative process to frame the research questions, design the research methodology, and roll out the research methodology in pilot locations.

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