USING TECHNOLOGY TO BRIDGE EDUCATIONAL GAPS IN REFUGEE CAMPS
by Regina Nkongefrom @ILabAfrica - Strathmore University
Our solution leverages-on-technology to widen access to tertiary-education at Kakuma-Refugee-Camp. It comprises of 1) Capacity building in basic ICT skills 2) Streaming Certified Public Accountant (CPA) lecturers from Strathmore-University to Kakuma-Refugee-Camp 3) Occasional lecturer’s visit to the Camp for face-to-face interaction with the students and revision. 4) Students sit for national examinations at the end of each CPA section.
What's the business opportunity for host and refugee community
Every student wants to proceed to tertiary education after high school. However, in Kakuma refugee camp and its host community, tertiary education still remains out of reach due to inadequate tertiary education institutions in the area. We sought to bridge this gap by leveraging on technology to provide access to CPA certification courses. This enables refugees and host community to engage with each other as they acquire skills that allow them to seek job opportunities open to both communities.
How has it been implemented and what impact it had
The pilot which began in July-2016, set out to impart employability skills to refugees and host community. Through web-conferencing, classes are streamed from a leading university in Nairobi to Kakuma refugee camp. Revision material are availed via Moodle. Once in a while lecturers travel to the Camp regularly to provide face-to-face support. So far, 16 students have sat Certified-Public-Accountant section 1 & 2 national-exams. Model is replicable for other skills e.g application development.
Our Skills and Experience
We are a leading private non-profit university in Kenya, with a record of excellence mainly in business and technology courses. Our school of Accountancy boasts some of the best lecturers in the Country. We have experience in research and project-management as is evident with the current project for refugees. We have built good relationship with local organizations, NGOs and county governments. We therefore do not foresee any particular skill gaps in the implementation of this project.