Alex Masakala from Uganda is learning skills in community business development (Scott Poulter/Jesuit Refugee Service).

Kakuma, 15 January 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service began to provide higher education to refugees and host community members in Kakuma refugee camp three years ago by bringing online courses from Jesuit universities around the world into a virtual classroom in the camp. Since then 69 students have graduated with diplomas in Liberal Studies, concentrating in either business or education.

In addition, refugees have the option to take Community Service Learning Track courses in which they attain certificates in psychosocial case management, community and business development, primary teacher education among others.

The vast majority of graduates go on to enrol in Bachelor degrees, become employed as teachers or NGO workers, and launch their own businesses or community-based-organisations, either in Kenya or upon the rare chance they are resettled to a third country.

Scott Poulter gives an insight into this programme while on assignment with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Kakuma:

Kakuma: student snapshots - JC:HEM portraits

Young men play soccer in the evening outside the main entrance to Kakuma (Scott Poulter/Jesuit Refugee Service).
Kakuma: student snapshots - JC:HEM portraits

Reth Maker Reth was the valedictorian of the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins Class of 2015 (Scott Poulter/Jesuit Refugee Service).
Kakuma: student snapshots - JC:HEM portraits

John Ngarben from South Sudan graduated from a certificate course in community business development to improve his business (Scott Poulter/Jesuit Refugee Service).
Kakuma: student snapshots - JC:HEM portraits

Hassan Adan from Somalia studies in the Liberal Studies programme (Scott Poulter/Jesuit Refugee Service).

Kakuma: student snapshots - JC:HEM portraits
Eman Mubarak from Sudan is taking a certificate course in education (Scott Poulter/Jesuit Refugee Service)
Kakuma: student snapshots - JC:HEM portraits

Professors at Jesuit universities across the world make their courses available to refugee university students in Kakuma refugee camp through Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (Scott Poulter/Jesuit Refugee Service).
Kakuma: student snapshots - JC:HEM portraits

The Jesuit Refugee Service Arrupe centre has become the university campus of Kakuma refugee camp. The JRS project, Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins, offers online university courses to refugees and host community members  (Scott Poulter/Jesuit Refugee Service).
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