We set our learners a "Big Question" at each session. SOLEs require no books, no curriculum and no teachers. We use the power of the information available on the internet or in the peoplenet combined with the curiosity of our learners to enable fast paced knowledge buildup.
Our carefully chosen "Big Question" inspires our learners to quickly research the how and the why's of the challenge. Because we create the conditions for challenge based learning by providing the tools to acquire knowledge, our learners learn to research, learn to present but above all, they learn to learn.
SOLEs are for all ages - we encourage groups of 3-5 persons of all ages to collaborate, research the Big question over a 2 hour research session and then present their findings to the other groups in the SOLE
Members of The Cube Athens ecosystem visited Lesvos as part of a hackathon activity called Startup Boat and saw first hand the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Desperate families crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey onto Greek shores to enter Europe. Local authorities stand almost helpless and unable to deal with the influx of people transiting Lesvos. Volunteer groups and NGOs begin arriving to help. There is much to be done.
Thousands of men women and children are left stranded at Piraeus port and Idomeni as borders close with winter and the rainy season upon us. People camp out in a makeshift tent city. Volunteer groups in Piraeus deliver aid and put in significant efforts in organising self organised soup kitchens, tent distribution, washing facilities, personal hygene items as well as sporting and other entertainment activities. Authorities try to distribute people to makeshift camps but conditions are poor and people choose to return to Piraeus because the volunteers are providing such good services.
The community brainstorm and consider building a makeshift school at Piraeus port but there are no resources, no teachers, no curriculum, no books. We don't speak the terget language and we need to be sensitive to the refugee's cultural needs and other such obstacles. The Cube community and partners such as Lividia, research possible models and discover the School in The Cloud methodology and the SOLE concept. We reach out to SOLE Central at Newcastle University and ask for help. They gladly provide it and facilitate our launch of a pilot program.
We recruited an number of Arabic and Farsi facilitators who translate the "Big Challenge" questions and help run the sessions. We have since completed a 10 session pilot phase in our location in central Athens for children housed in temporary shelter. Following our 10 session pilot phase we intend to raise funds to extend activities to other camps beyond Piraeus and Athens. There are currently over 50 such camps distributed around Greece. We intend to crowdfund our next phase where we will put SOLE Greece on a bus that will travel from camp to camp setting up SOLEs in each camp.
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