MoveMentor matches forcibly displaced students with practicing teachers who volunteer as remote tutors to keep students on track in their education and as mentors to offer personal support and connection to their host country or region.
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Education: Lack of access to schools (availability) If access, often oversubscribed (capacity) If access, often temporarily understaffed (reliability) Personal Development: Lack of personal/cultural connection to host country/region Lack of knowledge about host country/region Lack of integration into host country/region Lack of simple psychological support Volunteering: Lack of meaningful opportunities Geographical distance Relevance to skillset Direct/tangible impact
Refugee students: Severe setbacks in educational progress Potentially complete dropout of education Alienation from host country/region Volunteer teachers: Lack of engagement in social issues Apathy, feeling powerless Alienation from foreign cultures
Vision: No student in need left behind Mission: To support forcibly displaced students in their personal and educational development through continued mentoring and tutoring
MoveMentor matches forcibly displaced students with practicing teachers who volunteer as tutors to keep students on track in their education and as mentors to offer personal support and connection to their host country or region.
MoveMentor does not replace local schools or teachers but rather complements them or acts as an intermediate bridge between times of limited access to schools. Where possible, students are matched with teachers from the same region, country or wider culture.
MoveMentor operates on the principles of a flipped classroom where students learn largely by themselves and check in with the teacher once in a while to discuss questions and progress. We match one one teacher per student but teachers can take on several students.
Sign-up Matching Academic level check Teaching/mentoring kick-off Regular check-ins, bi-weekly Feedback checkpoints, bi-monthly Teachers share best practices Students learn independently
Age: High school University Location: National, internally displaced: Emergency Natural disaster Political turmoil International, cross-border migration: Civil war, long-term conflict Permanent change Natural destruction Changing weather patterns
Teachers Purpose/impact Free training Free resources Cultural exchange Students Access to education Mentorship Integration Corporates Access to talent Access to schools/teachers Funders
Student to teacher messaging Blackboard/OneNote integration Feedback mechanism Student to teacher Student to platform Teacher to platform Engagement Metrics - Assignments, course progress, reports Connections between host and origin country teachers Trainings by origin country teachers Teacher to teacher forum for sharing resources Student to student forum for shared learning Curriculum content via open source resources
Login details Student sign-up: Level of education (subject specific) Available technology and resources (text books) Nationality Age Gender Current location Target location Availability Subject Student side: Closed discussion forum Learning database Teacher sign-up: Subject specialisation Nationality Location Availability (hours) Capacity (of students) Teacher side: Engagement metrics Last time engaged Reminder notifications Simple usage analytics Report system for teachers Closed discussion forum Curriculum database Student to teacher messaging Feedback options
Access to technology SMS based curriculum Clear communication between kids and teachers of platforms available. (sms/smartphone/internet) Appropriateness of curriculum Teacher training by origin country volunteer teachers Best practice sharing between volunteer teachers Constantly updated curriculum database Privacy/protection issues Already accredited practicing teachers Limited personal details of students Language barrier Considered in matching process High school/university students more likely to speak English Quality control Feedback mechanisms Inspections, potentially by qualified external volunteers Psycho-social issues of refugees Teacher training sessions Welfare of teachers and students Feedback mechanisms Teacher training sessions
Expand target/user group beyond forcibly displaced students to any student in need Expand volunteer group beyond practicing teachers to anyone wishing to mentor Involve teaching assistants and other volunteers in supporting the teacher Offer student certification options for long-term engagements
Kiron University University of the People Teach4All Notschool Moodle, mentor mentee plugin Lingos Refugee Support Network Educational Mentoring Mentornet Project managers against poverty
Corporations Value Potential employees Advertising to teachers Product placement OneNote vs. Blackboard Examples: Ericsson, Microsoft Educational organisations (publishers/tech)