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 ‘connect’ 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 ‘production pedagogy’ 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.
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