Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Unwritten: Understanding the Emptiness of Refugee Adolescent Education

Posted in Contributors, Education by KANERE on December 22, 2009

Guest Contribution by Cayce Pack, New York City, USA.  

Six years of work in refugee resettlement and several semesters of human rights studies seemed as void as the blank pages in their books. The sun was violent in its afternoon heat and a crowd of adolescent faces perplexed in questions surrounded me…

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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.

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Save Our Library!

Posted in Community and Culture, Education by KANERE on May 12, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 4-5 / March-April 2009

Refugees call for efforts to save the only library in Kakuma Camp as the building threatens to collapse and librarians lose their job due to budget cuts.

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Darfurian Initiative for Women’s Education

Posted in Education by KANERE on May 12, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 4-5 / March-April 2009

A Darfurian community initiative to educate women in English has already had remarkable positive impacts, but lacks support from humanitarian agencies.

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Refugee Scholar Still Stuck in Kakuma Due to UNHCR Delays

Posted in Education, Humanitarian Services by KANERE on May 12, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 4-5 / March-April 2009

A refugee scholar due to begin a masters program in early January is still waiting in Kakuma Camp as UNHCR attempts to process his travel document.

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Refugee Scholarships Bring Privileges and Frustration

Posted in Education by KANERE on May 12, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 4-5 / March-April 2009

Refugees who obtain university degrees consider the meager employment opportunities in Kakuma, asking what next?

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What is at the Root of Poor Primary School Performance?

Posted in Education by KANERE on May 12, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 4-5 / March-April 2009

How do students, teachers, and parents view the poor performance of primary schools in the camp?

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3% of Secondary Students Score Qualifying Exam Marks

Posted in Education by KANERE on May 12, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 4-5 / March-April 2009

Only 9 students of 284 scored a qualifying mark on the KCSE exams for entry to Kenyan public universities.

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Sudanese Refugee Launches Unique Scholarship Initiative

Posted in Education by KANERE on February 28, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 3 / February 2009

 Garang Beer is giving back to Sudanese refugee youth in Kakuma Camp through an innovative scholarship program (more…)

64% of Students Fail Primary Education Certificate Exam

Posted in Education by KANERE on January 31, 2009

Students gather for assembly at a camp primary school

Students gather for assembly at a camp primary school

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009


Only 36% of students in Kakuma Refugee Camp passed the 2008 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam. Of the 1,215 students who sat for exams in Kakuma Camp primary schools, 440 are academically qualified to continue on to secondary education. Of those who passed, 50 students were girls. (more…)

Secondary Education a Slim Hope for Refugee Youth

Posted in Education by KANERE on January 31, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009

 

Of the 1,215 candidates who sat for the 2008 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in Kakuma Refugee Camp, only 40 (3%) will be eligible to continue their education at the camp secondary school. With the classrooms of Kakuma Refugee Secondary School barely filled, the future of hundreds of youth is uncertain. (more…)

UNHCR Processing Delays Refugee’s Study Abroad

Posted in Education, Humanitarian Services by KANERE on January 31, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009

 

Mr. J.M., a Congolese refugee in Kakuma Camp, was awarded an extraordinary scholarship opportunity to pursue a two years master program in medicine at Lund University, Sweden. He was due to begin his programme of study on 12 January 2009. Unfortunately, Mr. J.M. is still present in Kakuma Camp due to UNHCR processing delays.  (more…)