Case Study

Non-formal Education Program

Maher Musmar
Amy Parker
Danijel Cuturic
Relief International
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  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Social Innovation Labs (SIL) is a unique programme of creative hang-out space for adolescents that enables them to propose and implement solutions for social issues in camps. SIL aims to develop 21st century skills and empower adolescents. Taking a broad definition of education, with a focus on building competencies such as real-life problem-solving, teamwork, and creative trouble-shooting the SIL approach has provided an equitable platform for young people to apply both formal education skills and those they have developed outside of the school environment.The two-stage, competitive format has proven effective in generating collaborative and innovative projects that more efficiently address the growing social needs in refugee camps.


SIL are a catalyst for further innovation within the camps and bring opportunities to the camp – essential in a context where formal employment and freedom of movement are strictly limited. Having a skilled cadre of young people with strong leadership skills attracts further investment and interest from the development and private sectors.


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