UBC Brings Teacher Education to Refugees in Dadaab, Kenya

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The UBC Faculty of Education is inviting donations in support of an ambitious educational outreach project at the largest refugee camp in the world. The camp in Dadaab, Kenya, hosts close to half a million refugees escaping violence in neighbouring Somalia and other African countries. By significantly raising the standard of secondary education at the camp, the project will improve the life chances of its young refugees. You can donate directly to the program here.

The Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project is the result of a partnership between the Faculty of Education, York University and three Kenyan institutions, and has the potential to change the lives of children growing up in Dadaab. Teachers at the camp are typically recent graduates of the camp’s secondary schools, without formal teacher education. By providing access to quality training through a secondary teacher education diploma program, delivered by university faculty, the project will raise the standard of teaching at the camp, enhancing the lives of young students.

For young refugees, a high quality secondary education is a route out of the lives that they have known. Having fled from war-torn homelands, it offers an alternative future. The program gives young refugees the chance to perform better on Kenyan national exams and the hope of leaving the camp for post-secondary education.

Samson Nashon, an associate professor in the Faculty of Education who has helped develop the program, says that, “Dadaab teachers have taken on the responsibility of educating youth growing up in the camps and we want to ensure that they can access the program regardless of any obstacles that might prevent us from getting there.”

The professional development program launch date is August 2014. The Dadaab secondary teacher education students will be enrolled in a professional development bridging program in 2013/14. By investing in the teaching skills of people in the refugee camp, you could help make a real, long-term difference to the future for young refugees in Dadaab. Please donate today.

The BHER project is supported by the World University Service of Canada and the Windle Trust, a Kenyan NGO focused on education. Additional funders are listed here:  https://windle.org.uk/.

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