InZone Mission Statement
Pioneering innovative approaches to multilingual communication and higher education in communities affected by conflict and crisis.
InZone’s vision springs from the understanding that communication is critical in conflict and crisis. Language and culture fundamentally condition conflict resolution and the transition to new forms of governance. A deeper knowledge of languages and cultures, as well as a strong set of accompanying skills, are therefore indispensable.
InZone capitalizes upon its research foundation in the learning sciences, as well as its approach to interpreter training and to building 21st century skills (information literacy, critical thinking).
Learning is achieved through the medium of language and culture: it is essential to respect social and cultural backgrounds in the learning process, into which technologies should be integrated, without them determining, alone, the pedagogical models which can be deployed responsibly.
Accordingly, InZone has focused its vision upon its role as an incubator for the design, development, piloting and scientific validation of pedagogical models which are learner-centered and technology-supported. These models serve training in multilingual communication and higher education in the field, and are made available to implementing partners.
InZone understands that conflict and crisis disrupt higher education. Its models therefore comprise innovative pathways to learning and to learning credentials. InZone draws upon open educational resources (OERs) and adapts their use to emergency contexts; it integrates learner-produced materials and approaches.
- Design, develop and validate innovative higher education models with equitable and reliable access for learners in fragile contexts.
- Improve and professionalize multilingual humanitarian communication in the field through a deeper understanding of interpreting in humanitarian settings; diversify and adapt our training models accordingly.
- Form and reinforce partnerships with local universities, in a joint effort to build capacity on the ground and build back better.
- Further develop partnerships with other stakeholders (UN family, European institutions, NGOs and the private sector) to expand higher education programs.
- Build higher education spaces in fragile contexts, which offer an environment for the expression of intellectual and cultural diversity, essential ingredients of peace-building and new forms of governance.