Fatimah, Amala Student
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What is Amala?
Amala was conceived in 2016, in response to the gap in quality education provision for displaced youth.
We believe that young refugees - as all people - have a right to quality education. Yet, only 23% of refugees around the world have the opportunity to access secondary education.
In 2016, Amala Co-founders Mia and Polly were working on a prestigious scholarship programme for UWC (United World Colleges) which admitted refugees to schools around the world to complete their secondary education. They found that for every scholarship place available, hundreds of promising applicants were turned away. The idea of Amala was born.
Amala provides education that creates positive change in the lives of learners today, and that opens up opportunities for the future. Our programmes enable learners to develop agency, confidence and competencies such as the ability to create new value, take responsibility, and manage complexity, which young people need to thrive and make positive change in their communities. Our curriculum work is carried out in collaboration with our founding partner school, UWC South East Asia and involves educators and refugee youth from around the world. Our educational model is inspired by the OECD's Education 2030 project.
How it works
We work together with local partner organisations who deliver the programme where they are. To ensure flexibility for the students we work with, our courses use via a blended learning model (60% in person, 40% online), where students meet together with their class and a trained facilitator several times a week, and access learning materials via an online platform in their own time.
Amala has developed the first international high school diploma programme for refugee youth, which will enable students to complete their secondary education with Amala. The programme is modular: by completing ten courses, students will obtain the Amala Diploma, which give access to higher education and sustainable livelihood opportunities. Amala also provides individual courses in areas such as peace-building, maths for change, social entrepreneurship and sustainable development. To date, 250 learners have participated in our individual courses. The Diploma Programme will launch in early 2020.