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University College London

Transforming Education in Challenging Environments

University College London and Centre for Lebanese Studies via FutureLearn


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.

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.


  • Educators changing learning environments
    • Welcome to the course
    • Educators imagining and creating change with limited resources
    • Educators responding to challenges in the social environment
    • Approaches to changing the learning space
    • Moving forward with ideas for change
  • Understanding learners in context
    • The wider contexts that influence teaching and learning
    • Understanding learner perspectives
    • Teaching controversial issues
    • Summary
  • Transforming learning for an unknowable future
    • Responding to students’ needs and aspirations
    • Transformative teaching and learning
    • Collaborating on transformative education
    • Understanding and working within limitations
  • Digital networks for change
    • Digital tools to help learners
    • Digital tools to help teachers
    • Sharing our best ideas

Taught by

Tejendra Pherali


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