Archive June 2019

congratulation notes for Doctor Marangu the founder of higher Education in Dadaab.

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Marangu on stage

Humanitarian and Executive Director for @Windle International Dr. Marangu Njogu, was be awarded an honorary degree yesterday ’s spring convocation on June 20th.

From Dadaab point of view, we are so happy and congratulate, Doc Marangu for his achievements and we hope to see many sorts of development related to refugees soon, it was Marangu who brought the idea of higher educations to the camps( Dadaab). we appreciate the honors given to him by York University and we hope to take his footsteps to help many young children get educations and make changes for their respective society.  it was him who was able to move and share the needs of the refugees in the camps and through him York University reached us and we are proud to share our congratulations to Dr. Marangu.

as cited from

Innovation in Education:
Borderless Higher Education for Refugees

ALLISON MAGPAYO* under the publications of  (An e-publication of the New Scholars Network
www.refugeereview.wordpress.com
Volume 1, September 2013)

Dr. Marangu Njogu and how he came up with the BHER Program.

The BHER team is comprised of a global consortium of NGOs and academic institutions committed to improving the quality and accessibility of education for refugees. At present, they administer education initiatives with refugees along the Thai-Burma border and are developing a program within the Dadaab refugee camps. The impetus behind the Dadaab branch of BHER came from Dr. Marangu Njogu of Windle Trust Kenya, the NGO responsible for running secondary schools in the Dadaab refugee camps. Long frustrated by the limited education in the camps, Njogu envisioned a new program that would provide teacher training for primary and secondary school teachers in order to improve the overall quality of education in Dadaab. In 2008, the pursuit of this vision leads him to Philip Landon, African director of the World University Service of Canada, an organization is best known for offering scholarships for refugees to study at Canadian universities.

As Giles shares, “WUSC was also interested in expanding what they could do beyond individual scholarships. Scholarships tend to be more of a drop in the bucket- there are not many for the number of refugees that need them.” So, in 2008, Landon and Njogu traveled to York University in Toronto, a WUSC partnership university with a specialized research center focused on refugee issues. It was there they met with Professor Giles and Professor Dippo, both of the Centre for Refugee Studies. Giles and Dippo were excited about Njogu’s ideas on improving teacher training in Dadaab but realized the potential for installing a program that went beyond just teacher certification. In fact, Giles had recently concluded a study with York University Professor Jennifer Hyndman on the Globalization of Protracted Refugee Situations, which looked at the living situations in long-standing refugee camps like Dadaab.

She was struck by the lack of schooling options available to refugees, noting that, “beyond secondary education, most refugees all around the world in refugee camps have practically no access to higher education.” The inconsistency or unavailability of quality education for refugees stems largely from the fact that education is not prioritized within the array of emergency responses in refugee situations. Funding from NGOs and international agencies tend to go toward the most basic survival needs like food rations, shelter, and emergency health care. This problem is exponentially compounded, however, by the increasing lengths of refugee situations.

BHER MANDATES

(1) Improve the equitable
delivery of quality education
in refugee camps and local
communities through
accredited university
programs, to prepare a new
generation of male and female
teachers and professionals

(2) Create targeted, continuing
opportunities for young men
and women in university
programs that will enhance
their employability through
portable certificates, diplomas
and degrees;

(3) Build the capacity of Kenyan
academic institutions that
already offer onsite/online
university degree programs to
vulnerable and marginalized
groups.

TODAY WE CONGRATULATE THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATIONS OF THE DR. AND HOW HE SUPPORTED INSIDE AND OUTSIDE REFUGEE CAMPS.

WE WISH SUCCESS IN HIS LIFE

 

Abdikadir Bare Abikar
M.Ed. Candidate in Language, Culture, and Teaching
Faculty of Education | York University
Winters College | 4700 Keele Street | Toronto, Canada
+254 714 771897

 

JUNE 20, 2019 WORLD REFUGEE DAY

EVERY YEAR REFUGEES IN THE WORLD CELEBRATE WORLD REFUGEE DAY, INTERNATIONAL.

June 20 each year, this celebration is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. The other reason for the celebration is that we show to the world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with a refugee. The 2019 theme: #StepWithRefugees — Take a Step on World Refugee Day.

Around the world, communities, schools, businesses, faith groups and people from all walks of life are taking big and small steps in solidarity with refugees. This World Refugee Day, we challenge everyone to join together and take a step with refugees.

Why Do We Mark International Days?

International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool.

 

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WORLD REFUGEE DAY

On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 55/76 decided that, from 2000, 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day. In this resolution, the General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

African Refugee Day had been formally celebrated in several countries prior to 2000. The UN noted that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June.

In the Roman Catholic Church, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees is celebrated in January each year, having been instituted in 1914 by Pope Pius X.

In my camp (IFO) the community celebrates this day. And it was a day to remember and exchange the ideas related to the camps. It is also a day to get the latest and updated information from the camp leaders. It is also an entertaining day where we exchange ideas, thoughts and meet one another.

 

 

York University is considering the third cohort for elementary certificate (BHER).

It is my pleasure to mention that the University is happy to work with the refugee for more teacher training program. so far cohort 1 ( B.A geography) cohort 2 (B.An in Education); they are planning to provide an elementary certificate to the primary education and some host communities from around Dadaab.

Adverts are been posted to different places for teachers and host communities to apply;  the number of applicants interested in joining York University for the certificate program is more as compared to the previous cohorts.  the female applicant is also interested in joining York University this time, so the first two cohorts really were enough to explain how good the York University was to the teaching and helping Dadaab youths.

I was among the first cohort and doing my final graduate courses and moving for my Major Research Paper. I am now an ambassador for York University and ready to back to the University. ready to help the upcoming Cohorts.

 

Abdikadir Bare Abikar
(B.A.), M.Ed. Candidate in Language, Culture, and Teaching
Faculty of Education | York University; secondary school teacher, based in Dadaab, Kenya
Dadaab branch
+254 714 771897