Whenever a catastrophe or conflict occurs, international aid traditionally aims at addressing immediate pressing needs for food, shelter, health care and clothing. Once these priorities have been met, communities need a way to forge social ties and develop resilience for the struggles that lie ahead. By providing access to the Internet, books, films and theater, and educational resources, the Ideas Box empowers communities to pave foundations for a self-reliant future.
The Ideas Box – a safe space for children and youth
In the camps, children are particularly vulnerable outside of school hours and are very often left to themselves. Strolling through the camp and unoccupied, they are exposed to many external risks (sexual violence, trafficking and criminal activities). Offering a large selection of movies and gaming applications for children, the Ideas Box provides an alternative access to activities coupled with a suitable mediation.
Children and adolescents ask for the Ideas Box
The prolonged use and change of the Ideas Box by children and adolescents is the expression of one of the major impacts of the device - providing an attractive and safe environment - reinforced by the first qualitative observations on the field.
Education in emergency situations
In emergency situations, educational opportunities are limited
When a crisis occurs, the rapid reopening of primary school is part of the international standards for emergency response. However, children usually have class for only half of the day and there are no solutions for school drop-outs, youth and adults.
The Ideas Box: an educational space for all
Although it does not replace schools, the Ideas Box creates a space for extra-curricular work, improving the quality of education and the learning environment through the provision of a wide variety of tools and resources of informal and non-formal education, literacy and vocational training.
A tool adapted to the complexities of crises
The Ideas Box allows the hosting of contents in multiple languages and establishes learning paths tailored to the needs of different groups, in order to meet the challenges exacerbated by cultural differences and the trauma of displacement. All these activities can therefore take place in a space of trust created by the Ideas Box.
A toolbox to rebuild lives and communities, the Ideas Box offers vulnerable populations the means to create their own content (films, drawings, writings, maps, blogs, etc.). It encourages intellectual development and empowerment, individual and shared. And when, as often, the humanitarian emergency is sustained, the Ideas Box allows people to fight boredom, overcome the trauma and begin the long process of resilience, grief and reconciliation.
Reconnect to the worldWhen a crisis occurs, access to traditional information channels (radio, newspapers, TV ...) is often broken. Those directly affected by the events are often the last to have access to vital information they need in order to face these hardships. Misinformation and rumors are then the breeding-ground of community tensions.
The Ideas Box for transmitting and accessing quality information
International organizations such as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its implementing partners rely on the Ideas Box to disseminate information and the tools for sensitization. Furthermore, the Box reaches individuals, families, especially first time arrivals, and facilitates the integration, management and hosting of refugee / displaced populations. Through Internet access, the Ideas Box allows fragile populations to connect to the world, to inform themselves, and to communicate freely.
This access to quality information strengthens the capacity and autonomy of individuals and communities, integrates them with the global community, and allows them to have infinite resources to learn and break their isolation.