It’s no surprise that education in a refugee camp is fragile and inconsistent.
Educational environments change often because of:
Political instability in host country.
Fluidity of program funds based on trending current events.
Natural and human-caused disasters, such as fire, flooding, and famine.
Global pandemics and associated restrictions to movement.
These factors make traditional, centralized curriculum delivery networks difficult to maintain.
We’ve found an alternative.
A more resilient, community-driven informal education delivery network that is less susceptible to these disruptions.
Education by the people, for the people.
A Message from Sophie —
As an educator in Southeast Asia, I struggled to find contextualized learning materials that catered to the various ethnicities of my students. I was left with no choice but to build my own learning materials that could foster greater engagement for literate and illiterate students.
That’s when I discovered the power of simple, contextualized cartoons.
Everyone likes cartoons, especially the ones that look like them.
It started with just a few Rohingya-specific flashcards with a small group of Rohingya refugees in southern Thailand. The engagement in our classes transformed. For the first time ever, our Rohingya friends were being represented in cartoon form along with their traditions, food, and everyday lifestyle. A perfect learning tool paired with cultural preservation.
Books Unbound was born.
We are a team of artists, educators, and creators dedicated to providing contextualized learning materials for marginalized communities worldwide.
We’re a diverse team of content creators around the world, many of whom are refugees themselves. We work with photographers, artists, translators, and educators who are dedicated to providing displaced communities with accessible, contextualized learning opportunities.
We also provide consulting services for organizations in need of custom, contextualized learning materials