Graduation York University students from Dadaab.

it was a wonderful day to witness the graduations of York University students BHER Program from Dadaab, a day to interest with many COHORT 2 students who have finished there bachelor of education from faculty of education and the Dean from York University of Education was also present to begin the many good speeches of the Dean. Today was the second time York University was doing graduation with their Dadaab students.

I am impressed the kindly of the happiness students were showing off and the ambitions, I met few individuals and they were having high ambitions like one one I met and interviewed told me that ; he will utilized the knowledge gotten from York to reuse it in Somali so that he can help his communities back at home.

I also met Oman Tata of the previous geography students and told me that he has been thinking on where to apply the knowledge he acquired from York University and possible this year he is planning to go to Ethiopia to look for jobs and make changes for his communities.

Personally this was an interesting day for me as it was an eye opener and hoping next year I will also graduate my gradual program.

Congratulations ūüéČūüéČ ūüéČūüĎŹūüĎŹ well done


15th York University Research symposium live in Dadaab

Today was one moment in my life and it was a day of sharing different ideas with students from different continents, @york university Toronto students with students from Dadaab Kenya. The Dean in faculty of Education was right their opening the day in session. Six graduate students from BHER Project presented their MRPs proposals to the YGSE with the Toronto graduate and Phd students.

We were so happy to share with our idea and answered some of the questions of Toronto students.

Wonderful day to remember.

Different students using comic life to present their final assignment.

Arte saman DAGANE using comiclife to make his final project.

Dadaab graduate students value the use of Comiclife and hope they can as well use and share with different people in the world. According to ochan who used the comic life commented that he was happy to see technology taking another phase in helping him make his assignments done differently.

Arte also appreciated as well in his use of the comic life by saying that it is through Comiclife that allowed him make graphical designs and he enjoyed using it, and promised to help many other students to also use as he did.

Generally use of comic life is something we liked it and we shall also use in our classroom teaching.


I am so excited to share with a comic life software with my fellow graduate student in Dadaab to use for their final projects in Professor Don and Gillian Courses respectively. This was an opportunity for me to share what I have already learned from my technology professor with the rest. Because it has been said previously that sharing is caring. We share with others because we care for them.
Any other person who needs this software to use please contact me through so that I can give you more guidances on how easy you can use this software.

You are all welcome.

first draft of our chapter is done and looking forward to polishing it off”…

Hello again

I was busy writing my book chapter for the BHER BOOK, with rest of the authors, professor Kurt, Negin and Abdullahi; we have submitted the draft of our chapter and hoping to be given suggestions, so that we do the final write-up.

Below was our previous chapter abstract and now we have submitted the draft of our chapter.

Refugees respond: Using digital tools, networks and production pedagogies to envision possible futures.

Abdikadir Bare Akibar, Kurt Thumlert, Negin Dayha, Jennifer Jenson, Abdullahi


Political and practical matters of access to higher education in refugee camps are fundamentally mediated by questions of connectivity and access to sociotechnical tools, networks and digital media ecologies. This chapter recounts the experiences of two BHER students – teachers in the Dadaab Refugee Camp – enrolled in the York University graduate course, Cultural Studies of Technology for Education. Here, they illustrate how digital tools might be utilized not simply to ‚Äėconnect‚Äô actors in refugee camps to sites of higher education, but explore how those tools might be mobilized to support the ends and self-defined purposes of local actors and communities. Building upon theories/practices explored in the course, students in Dadaab enacted a ‚Äėproduction pedagogy‚Äô model where critical technology learning and making were intertwined with local aims, including the development of a website/blog and Wikimedia platform for teaching, as well as the creative use of digital storytelling and video production as vehicles for refugee inquiry and self-representation. The larger aim was to envision ‘possible futures’ within and beyond the Dadaab refugee camp.

We were interested in technology impact and the success it brought to BHER project. Without technology it would have been hard for York University and the rest to deliver the contents.

Keep viewing Website to get the latest updates on our book chapters.

Abdikadir Abikar


Happy New Year, welcome to 2019;

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IFO secondary school has begun the admission processes of new form 1 students from different primary schools in the Ifo refugee camps, all these new students are overexcited to be given a position in the school to learn. this is an opportunity for the new arrivals to come and undergo a small exercise before they are allowed to register.

the processes are about touring them to the school, verifying the details of the new students, and bringing some facilities required for learning liking the learning materials.

On the other end, many students at this point are so excited to meet and exchange their view and happiness. since like this day act as a joy and a learning process; because they interact with many other students from different primary schools in the camp.

lastly, the students are welcomed by the previous students of Ifo secondary and they are introduced to their new teachers. I personally feel very excited to be teaching new and different students every year, because this stands an interaction and learning opportunity for me.


Resuming dadaab classes after the short break

Another semester begins;

graduate students begin their classes although they have different course registered, commonly course is the Nombusso¬†course which is the ”¬†¬†GS/EDUC5120 B – Theory and Research in Language, Culture and¬†as well as Teaching (Full Year 2018-2019), and¬†¬†¬†ED/EDST3800 X – Research Methods in Educational Studies (Full Year 2018-2019).¬†¬†¬†the latter is face to face and we have other independent courses like Abdikadir¬†is registered and has already begun,¬†EDUC 5863¬†Digital Games and Learning. this started last Tuesday, and it is on now.¬† the other courses are ecology and inclusive learning.

The undergraduate students of BHER are also on their last semester and they are hoping to finish all their classes before April 2019 so that they can graduate.  the graduate students are also standing as the teacher assistance in some of their course like the  ED/EDST3999 X РExperience, Inquire, Contribute I (EIC): Systematic Observation in Context (Full Year 2018-2019) and it also helping the graduate to be more professional.

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I am Abdikadir a student and a reporter


Waw what a surprise, it is the first time a Dadaab student is hosting a course in his own website, it is my pleasure to thank professor Kurt for his initiatives and trying to make many dreams come true. at first i thought the only way students learn in York is through the moodle but professor Kurt proofed to me that, through creativity we can play around and not only depend on Moodle but host students in out own web pages.

i urge Canadian students to welcome to my website “” and feel free to interact with me so that we build on cross-cultural curriculum that will help our future students.

lastly this website page will be a change maker in the future students of York university who are outside Canada but willing to realize their dreams without reaching to York

my fellow can students of “EDUC 5863 Digital Games and Learning” welcome we start together.



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  • Production 2¬†Doing Things (This Production will be opened at the end of the second class)

To start editing this wiki, just login and hit “edit”. Here is a video tutorial that can help you.¬†

But basically, to create a new page, you just use the two brackets¬†example¬†and click “save page”.

Consult the¬†User’s Guide¬†for information on using the wiki software