Updated Jul 10, 2018
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During our time volunteering in Greece_s refugee camps, we noticed children aged 0-4 had no access to education and those 5-12 had little access. With nearly 9 million displaced children living in similar settings, access to early childhood development (ECD) is scarce. Actors attempting to provide quality ECD find it difficult to maintain programs due to workloads, high volunteer turnover, limited resources and language barriers. We aim to fill the gap by providing ECD in the refugee camps.
Peak-A-Box enables relevant actors to customize, plan and facilitate play-based ECD sessions via a mobile application complemented by a box of needed resources. Studies show play-based learning is essential to develop a child_s physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. Additionally, studies emphasize the need importance of ECD in emergency situations. Based on this, we developed an adaptable ECD curriculum around these four skills areas, as well as core values such as teamwork. Our curriculum is also based on consultation with members of the refugee community and the results of a pilot test.Through interviewing 10+ NGOs in refugee camps, we designed the functionality of our mobile app. Using the Peak-A-Box app, facilitators can generate tailored sessions based on their class size, age, skills, number and session duration. Our daily tips provide suggestions on dealing with different situations, such as classroom management issues or aggressive child behavior. In the long term, facilitators will be able to contribute to the curriculum via the mobile app.We will use a subsidy business model for our initiative; every box sold to private institutions, such as childhood centers, will partially subsidize a box to a refugee camp. We pilot tested in Madrid with a community center and observed improvement in children_s ability to follow directions and teamwork in only 3 sessions. In addition teachers at the center expressed interest and need to utilize such a product.