Author: Jelena Besedic, Ljiljana Dosen, Tatjana Ristic, Ivan Tasic, Nina Stamenko
Year: 2017
Full Citation: Besedic, J., Dosen, L., Ristic, T., Tasic, I., & Stamenko, N. (2017). Programme on the Move – development and implementation of innovative and flexible participatory educational programmes for children on the move (Case study). Promising Practices in Refugee Education.
Overview: During the European Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Serbia, Psychosocial Support (PSS) emerged as an important pillar of response to the refugees and migrants in rapid transit and for those staying longer in Serbia. Save the Children invested in a PSS programme improvement to be able to provide meaningful structured psychosocial activities with children on the move.
  • One element of Programme on the Move involves an innovative toolkit called ‘Boxes of Wonder’. The boxes are designed as physical boxes (plastic and wooden boxes filled with materials and templates for activities) but also as concepts to work on, re-design and adjust to the needs of children, facilitators and to the physical space where the activities are being held.
  • The boxes create a meeting space between children and field workers, offer materials, ideas and contents, and encourage dialogue, joint exploration and participation in activities.
This case study aims to briefly describe the methodology for Programme on the Move development and implementation, and explain its innovation as an example of a promising practice in refugee education. We will also outline the programme’s outcomes and impact on children and facilitators, as ascertained through focus groups and consultations with children and facilitators as well as from the qualitative research that was conducted with children (both boys and girls), their mothers and field workers.

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