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Transforming Education in Challenging Environments

Discover practical ways teachers can transform the education of children and young people living in conflict-affected contexts.

5,515 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Build the knowledge needed to teach children affected by difficult contexts

Teachers play an important role in supporting vulnerable children affected by mass displacement, crisis, and conflict. Refugee children may also be victims of violence and other issues that impact their emotional wellbeing and ability to learn. Teachers need to be prepared to deal with these difficulties.

On this course, you will learn how teachers can make a difference to children from challenging contexts. You will discover how to transform learning spaces and educational practices, and you will share your teaching methods and real experiences of teaching in crises with other educators.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Week 1: Educators changing learning environments, including how to create change with limited resources, responding to challenges in the social environment, approaches to changing the learning space, and moving forward with ideas for change.
  • Week 2: Understanding learners in context, spanning the wider contexts that influence teaching and learning, understanding learner perspectives, and teaching controversial issues.
  • Week 3: Transforming learning for an unknowable future, covering responses to students’ needs and aspirations, transformative teaching and learning in practice, and understanding and working within limitations.
  • Week 4: Digital networks for change, inclusive of digital tools to help both learners and teachers and an opportunity to share ideas that promote transformative education.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Adapt the learning spaces to respond to the diverse profiles of children/young people and contribute to making education a transformative process
  • Work with the diversity of children and young people’s experiences in the learning spaces to build on their strengths and respond to the challenges to learning
  • Reclaim teaching as a profession that promotes an understanding of inclusive prosperity and life with dignity and a hope for a better future
  • Engage in the process of co-design and sharing effective educational practices and experiences using digital platforms
  • Promote inclusive pedagogical practices among educators who work in the context of mass displacement

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for teachers in areas affected by mass displacement who work in both formal and informal educational settings. It will also be of interest to teachers who are themselves refugees, students studying education, and volunteers who work humanitarian agencies in education.

Who will you learn with?

Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Education with the Future Education team at the RELIEF Centre https://www.relief-centre.org
Research fellow at the Centre for Lebanese Studies

Associate Professor in Education and International Development
CEID, University College London
Twitter: @pherali

Professor in Education, Wellbeing and International Development at UCL Institute of Education and one of the educators on the course. I look forward to working with you !

Chair of Learning with Digital Technology, Knowledge Lab, UCL IOE.
Developing a global community of teachers around the Learning Designer

Twitter: @thinksitthrough

Senior Researcher at UCL Institute of Education with the Future Education team at the RELIEF Centre:
Twitter: @eileenkennedy01

Maha Shuayb the director of the Centre for Lebanese Studies. Maha’s research focuses on the sociology and politics of education particularly equity and equality in education.

Who developed the course?

UCL (University College London)

UCL was founded in 1826. It was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it.


The Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS) is an independent academic research institution whose purpose is to promote international understanding of the country and the issues facing it.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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