The forced migration of over 100 million people—representing 1% of the global population—is one of the world’s starkest challenges. One area with great potential to make an impact on this challenge, and the lives of vulnerable children and youth, is in education. The “minimum standards for education in emergencies, chronic crises and early reconstruction” were first elaborated in 2004, but to meaningfully support children and youth in refugee settings programs must go beyond and seek models and methods that would allow children to thrive, contributing to the rebuilding of their societies and the chance for long-term peace.
Uganda has a population of 45 million and hosts over 1.5 million refugees making it an ideal location to develop, test and replicate new models to support refugee and displaced populations, with the opportunity for significant impact.
The Ubumwe: Arts for Education and Public Health with Refugee Children and Youth will be a pilot program implemented in Kyangwali refugee settlement in western Uganda by the Mailman School of Public Health and Teachers College, in partnership with Building African Communities Opportunities (BACO) Foundation, Hopelink Action Foundation (HAF) Uganda, AfriChild Center at Makerere University, and two New York City-based organizations, Artolution and Arts Ignite.
The project aims to bolster psychosocial and educational outcomes among children and youth through the integration of arts in education and community spaces. The project team will create culturally relevant arts education curricular materials to be tested in schools for their usability, acceptability and feasibility in meaningfully supporting children and youth in school and among their communities.
In Partnership With:
- Building African Communities Opportunities (BACO) Foundation,
- Hopelink Action Foundation (HAF) Uganda,
- AfriChild Center at Makerere University
- Arts Ignite
Mary MendenhallTeachers College, Columbia UniversityProject LeadRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Mary Mendenhall, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor in the International and Comparative Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Mark CanaveraCare and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning NetworkProject LeadRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Mark Canavera is the co-director of the Care and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning Network, an entity housed at the Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health that convenes...
Juliana BolColumbia UniversityProject LeadRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Juliana Bol, PhD, is interested in evaluating the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of health system strengthening approaches in conflict-affected and fragile settings.
Max FriederArtolutionProject TeamRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Max Frieder, Ed.D., is the Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of the international community-based public arts education organization Artolution.
Lindsay Roberts GreeneArts IgniteProject TeamRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Lindsay Roberts Greene (she/her) is a performing arts professional and the exemplification of her motto, "artistry onstage and off!" Hailed as a "combination of vocal power and tenderness,"...
M. Claire GreeneProgram on Forced Migration and HealthProject TeamRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
M. Claire Greene, PhD MPH, is an epidemiologist and implementation scientist interested in identifying opportunities to improve population mental health through community- and systems-level interventions.
Ochaka Richard OkotHAF UgandaProject TeamRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Ochaka Richard Okot is a Clinical Psychologist and the Executive Director of HAF Uganda. Okot has been investing his time and resources in promoting a peaceful future, the right to education...
Kemigisha RichardsonTeachers College, Columbia UniversityProject TeamRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Kemigisha Richardson, Kemigisha is a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is passionate about understanding and strengthening the role of social and...