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Learning on the Move: Mobile Educational Programs for Displaced Global Citizens

  • Author(s): Thornton, Abigail Margaret Elaine
  • Advisor(s): Torres, Carlos A.
  • et al.
Abstract

Utilizing a dual analytical framework of forced displacement from above and a growing contemporary condition of ´placelessness´ from below, I attempt to demonstrate the efficacy of building mobile and cross-border educational networks to reach people who have been dislocated from their communities of origin due to rapid economic restructuring across the globe. The implications that such ´placelessness´ have on the educational movement indicate a need to create a mobile educational platform in order to reach the growing number of displaced global citizens currently left out of most educational initiatives. The results of this initial study, which focuses on migrant assistance shelters in Tijuana, Mexico, are significant due to the constraints on our current understanding of education, and how those understandings are challenged by increasingly mobile populations who require a different approach to meet their educational needs. There also exist connections to developing transnational social movements, as non-formal educational programs tied to these new social movements provide a much-needed platform to push for policy and education that more adequately meet their needs.

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