Community Made Digital Artefacts
Bringing 21st Century literacies to refugees.
Dadaab: the World’s Largest Refugee Camp.Teknolojia inaunda mifano ya kujifunza ya Wakimbizi Dadaab. Mafunzo ya nchi ya sasa yanawezekana.Pangungsi di Dadaab dinten ngajalankeun rupa livelihoods bebas ngadukung sorangan tinimbang pinuh gumantung kana dahareun kamanusaan.
We support students to engage in digital learning using available devices and applications that are necessary such as creating ComicLife, video editing using storrytelling approach, to make their learning meaningful and interesting. We also aim to create a participatory community in Dadaab that engages in Refugee Education Programs - establishing a productive generation and integrating diverse refugee communities in an inclusive environment.
A part from learning, we provide a space where cultural values are displayed for the diverse Dadaab refugee communities.Each and every culture is valued and appreciated. the cultural differences are used as a resource in learning field, to make live and meaningful than an abstract.
Bringing 21st Century literacies to refugees.
Using technology, we tell our own stories.
York University’s distance-education program breaks barriers for refugees: Higher education can offer a way out. This year’s graduates say they now want to teach others and are thinking about how to rebuild their home countries when it is safe to return. Equipped with new skills – including fluent English − the students are also less dependent on foreign aid and can take jobs inside and outside Dadaab. With an MA, they will be able to teach undergraduates in the camp and eventually partially run the entire program – making it self-sustaining. York instructors visit the camp for extended periods to help them with assignments, but the students primarily rely on each other – and their Canadian classmates who are taking the same courses. Using WhatsApp and GoogleDocs, the entire class works on group projects. While the program is changing the opportunities of some of the world’s most isolated citizens, the situation in the camp is difficult. A quarter-million people live in the various sections of Dadaab, half of what the population was at its peak. But food rations and cash assistance from international agencies are regularly cut to cope with demands from other crises, including Syria, and the Kenyan government has periodically threatened to close the camp. Still, at a graduation celebration held in Dadaab for this year’s cohort, the mood was optimistic. The students imagined a peaceful Somalia without the regular bombings of civilian and government targets that al-Shabaab militants have inflicted in the past year.
North Eastern Kenya has been having a lot of drought in the past years, but this year it is different, it is heavily raining at the moment. Public transports have been affected seriously. This means that making to the learning center every day for students who come from different camp levels, will hard as it was before. This morning, I have come to the learning center footing, because I had a lot of activities to get done and I need the connections which are only found in the camps. Many students who also came to the learning center expressed the same situations.
Arte one of the graduate students and a program mentor who stays 14 km away from the learning center told me that, any lucky student who comes to the center for study probably will be helped by an NGO vehicle to come to the learning center. As he continues to share his difficulties in providing feedback to his students, he said that “I am staying in dilemma today, whether to mark these reflection papers or think of how to go back home, since transportation is a challenge in the evening”. The other challenge in the camps is that there is no sufficient power and connectivity (has no strong network). Another Program mentor for the cohort three students also told me that coming from home to the learning center is a challenge for him. In a phone call, he told me that, “I don’t know what the situation will be but, will try my best level to make sure that everything meets the expectation”.
Rains come like 24 hours and give breaks for some days and restart before the land dries. It has never happened quite some time. the predictions, also say that it could be a repeat of 1997 “Elnino flooding” the worries for the camps are that the Tana river a distance of 208 km, if the water level rises, then this river will overflow causing a lot of life destruction and loss of life. This is what we are all fearing will happen.
I hope the humanitarian organization, could focus on emergency responses, and be ready to save the affected areas, through provisions of medical attention, food, and shelters.
Reported by Abdikadir Abikar
Graduate student/ Dadaab Refugee Camp
What awaited exams for the candidates of 2019 begins today. many students are so worried about the exam because it is the only exam that determines their future. Most of the students hope to get better grades, which enables them to get automatical acceptance from the public university in the country.
This is the longest exam done in Kenya, end of every year and Council unveils the list of dos and don’ts for candidates, teachers and the school administration. The exam is well protected and police forces are deployed in every school that is doing exams. Most of the children who are doing exams are frustrated with the kind of seriousness the exam comes.
In Dadaab, we all also have many students who are registered and all rules are applied, this was one unifying factor that the community Dadaab feels. I met with some students who are registered and the overwhelming with the exam today, as they will begin with English as their first paper to do today. Unfortunately, some of the girls are having some issues related to their status as one of the students in Ifo secondary reported to me that she can’t do exams because she is heavily pregnant and can’t fulfill some of the requirements of KNEC (Exam board). These are some factors caused by early marriage and if a proper awareness could be created, such cases could be minimized.
As exams begin, I will keep updating stay with us on www.refugeerespond.org
A headteacher taking exams to students and a police officer guarding the exams.
The Kenya National Examination Education Has officially begun, the 2019 Standard Eight national exams began on Tuesday across the country, according to the daily news it was reported that 1,088,986 candidates writing the tests that mark their transition to secondary schools next year.
The exams go for three days, as Monday was a rehearsal for the student to know the requirement of the national exams, the other three-days student will be doing their exams from 8:00 am -3:00 pm East African time. The exams are done national wide as the cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, chief administrative officers, regional coordinators, county commissioners, and their deputies— overseeing the release of exam papers to headteachers.
Overall the exams started and the refugee community is part of this national exams as they have students who participate in these exams as a refugee. This is the only time; the refugee community are seriously monitored in the fear of exams leaking to students. And as well as the countrywide, the worrying part of the exams is that, it is a rainy season and some towns will have difficulties in getting those exams on time.
The cabinet minister promised to provide private jets, if the roads become impassible, this is an issue that Kenyan can’t permanent roads despite the heavy taxation.