The aim of the Lab is to ensure that every refugee and forcibly displaced person has access to relevant and high-quality learning opportunities that will enable them to serve as agents of change for their communities. It enables the provision of training, vocational and higher education through virtual learning (including professional and teaching degrees) provided in refugee camps using on-line and blended learning pedagogies.
The Learn Lab’s strength lies in its collaboration with the Education Unit within UNHCR’s Division of International Protection, and the partnerships it builds with external leaders in innovation and education to help orient and validate programmes.
The largest initiative within the Learn lab is called "connected learning" and the partners are: the Australian Catholic University or ACU; Borderless Higher Education for Refugees or BHER, InZone-University of Geneva, Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins, Kenyatta University, Kepler, Moi University, PEIC, UNHCR and the VodaFone Foundation. The partners provide on-line and blended learning certified courses for refugees in camps all over the world. These are under constant development in order to identify the best pedagogical model and ensure the quality of the offers.
In the primary and secondary educational sector, UNHCR primarily works through the ministries of education. There are some initiatives, like the TIGER (These Inspiring Girls Enjoy Reading), targeted at adolescent Syrian girls in the UNHCR Zaatari camp in Jordan. Students get access a wide range of open educational resources, connected by Wi-Fi to a Raspberry Pi server. This enables them to experience self-paced learning as an active, engaging and sustained process that is aligned with the school assignments and directly relevant to their current and evolving needs.