Teach to Reach Remote Classrooms (TRC)

  • P Project/Program

? Activity Status: Unknown

Key Information

Since February 2017 and through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee’s Innovation Fund, the Varkey Foundation has been operating the TRC project; an interactive distance learning project which aims to improve the educational experience of refugee children using solar power for energy reliability and cost-effectiveness. We deliver maths and English tuition as well as after school gender empowerment classes to refugee camp Primary Schools and the nearby local community Junior High Schools. Master trainers at our studios in Accra broadcast lessons to technology-enabled classrooms, recreating a regular classroom online which allows students to speak with the studio teachers; ask questions that are answered in real-time, and partake in activities. This is particularly important in a refugee camp setting where children are given the opportunity to interact with Ghanaian teachers, students and learning materials, supporting their integration into their host community and country through education.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa


Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2017 -

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Remote Learning

Other skills

  • Rights/empowerment education


  • Teacher training


  • Numeracy
  • Other academic performance-related

Cross-cutting areas

  • Emergencies and protracted crises
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

  • Displaced/refugee - External (from other countries)
  • Displaced/refugee - Internal (from other areas of the same country)

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Alternative learning centers/mobile schools/home schools


  • Gender-sensitive curricula

Educational Technology

  • Digital learning materials/programs


  • In-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy
  • In-service teacher training – pedagogy general

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Numeracy - in the classroom

Women's empowerment programs

  • Empowerment training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased numeracy
  • Reduced absenteeism

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms