Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

World Universities Service of Canada Empowers Kakuma Refugees

Posted in Education by KANERE on July 16, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 5-6 / May-June 2009

25 refugees students who completed their secondary school education embrace unusual opportunity of joining Canada university each year.

Despite the poor performance of camp schools most of refugee students who learn in the national and private secondary schools outside the camp perform very well but a limited number of them get chances to pursue their tertiary study either at local or overseas universities.

Windle charitable trust wct / wtk select these few young boys and young ladies who are below 25 years of old then prepares them for TOEFL examinations and research paper work. The communities in the camp appreciate the program and plead to WSCU officials to increase the intake from kakuma camp

“The WSCU scholarship not only offers an opportunity to development but also is a sign of recognizing humanity of refugee.” a Rwandan elder said.

Refugee are victims of internal bad governance and external political general conflict. Education paves way for development and finds solutions that satisfy many needs of refugees can be part of desirable changes when they are educated

However many refugee questions the use of education in a land that is considered to be exile by the refugees in kakuma camp. “The education in kakuma refugee camp has no meaning where the refugees are always complaining that their human rights are not meant to compete for a managerial position when he or she is educated even though highly qualified than the national or international staffs.” a former UNISA graduate refugee said.

This is not only concern that refugee raised, some feel that they are not allowed to have money. There are so many unskilled jobs from agencies. However, refugees have not right to seek and get these jobs. Some said that they are segregated from labor market. “Refugees can be cleaners, messengers, water gardeners, and do many other jobs. These jobs pay a lot of money which refugees do not entitled to.,” a Burundian refugee said.

Refugees want to learn and be given opportunity to be part of the global development. Western, Asian and African refugees are equal and could be given equal opportunities to exploit their talents. Anybody can be in this situation but ultimately become a world leader.

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  1. Abdifatah said, on November 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Am 19 yrs old somali refugee who arrived kakuma now seeking registration as refugee frm unhcr,i entered kenya 1995 and started schooling with assistance frm my paternal grandmother who also ran away frm somalia bt settled northern part of kenya,i finished high school the year 2006 an did wel with mean grade of B plain, my grandmother passed away recently leaving me in dilema! Am requesting the concern to make my dreams true by giving my a chance to study university!

  2. kilole said, on April 19, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Am just feeling something in my mind concerning what we call Windile trust course. As a refugee i cannot qualiy for the course. I finished university in 2003 and one semester to go to finish my BSC program on medical laboratory technology course before i was forced to leave the country. I remeber i asked the head master of the course to get the chance. infact i can understand English very well. just to be successfull on the course and achive my dear that was collapsed due to my etinic background and untangiable political affilation. He told me age is playing a vital roll windile trust course. Am just now 28years. As i know no limt for schooing. But here am dependent on UNHCR ration. Let in mind about schooling fee. But know onward i will try death somewhere out of camp and try to get back to school rather than dying in godforseken land of kakuma. I lost every thing to become the man hopefull.
    just send me your comment to my email.kkumssa@yahoo.com

  3. kilole said, on April 19, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I want to continue my comment if you open your door to me what am feeling in our paradise and happy to talk you face to face even.

  4. nsenga said, on February 5, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks for this work. How can i have my kids scholarship for high school? concerned refugee.

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