University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education is launching an ambitious secondary teacher education diploma program at Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya in August 2014. Working with Moi University in Kenya, students will receive a Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education from Moi University.
The aim of the project is to raise teaching standards at the camp, enhance the lives of young students, and offer opportunities for students and their family’s future. With increased access to education, the refugee community hopes students will perform better on Kenyan national exams and will have a better chance of leaving the refugee camp for post-secondary education.
Read more in the UBC Annual Report: Class of Hope.
Goals of the Diploma Program
- To improve education for the children (particularly girls) of Dadaab
- To support teachers to develop and augment their teaching competencies
- To broaden opportunities for children/youth and teachers through enhanced education so that both the children/youth and the teachers qualify for subsequent academic opportunities
- To interrupt the loss of further generations of Dadaab refugees to the limitations of the camp
UBC’s Faculty of Education is working with York University, Moi University, Kenyatta University, Windle Trust Kenya (WTK), and World University Service of Canada (WUSC) to implement the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project whose aim is to bring tertiary education to Dadaab, Kenya. Global Affairs Canada (formerly the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) in Canada) funds this project.
Contributing to the Program
Currently, fundraising efforts are being directed at breaking down obstacles for students to access the program. The new program provides refugees with quality training delivered by university faculty. Students require transportation to the teaching center, lunches and solar lamps for studying at night. By investing in the teaching skills of people in the refugee camp a long-term difference to the future is created for young refugees in Dadaab.
To make a charitable contribution to the Dadaab secondary teacher education diploma program, please contact:
Tel: (604) 822-2049