TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE TO REFUGEES IN FOSTERING INTEGRATION
KINTSUGI empowers refugees through education, Sociocultural events and entrepreneurship to promote resilience,sustainability and integration
What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)
Since KINTSUGI established English Center in 2017, 300 refugees have been acquiring this language in order to communicate and interact with the locals.
The reason why English was selected over other official languages it’s because most nationalities (Refugees Communities) represented originally lack this official language as a tool of communication, hence unable to interact and make a living. In Kenya, though Kiswahili is a is common language, it’s not spoken so often because tribal languages dominate since people seem to be leading life in clusters especially in their settlements. Kenya is civilized country, English is spoken widely even on the streets by common population. Furthermore, the majority of current generations particularly in Nairobi don’t know their mother tongue neither Kiswahili or they don’t want to identify themselves with their tribe to avoid being tribalism victims. Therefore getting a job, attending school, interviews need English language. Most of Refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi, Southern Sudan, etc. all can’t communicate in English, even in Kiswahili. This situation make their life so difficult. In organizations where they seek services, they are helped by interpreters; however in their outside life their interactions with members of the host community is close to impossible.Empowering refugees with host community languages will lead to full integration, interactions, employability, peace and development for both refugees and host community members. There will be intermarriages, movements, trade, knowledge and experience transfer and above all sustainability.
Geography of focus (500 characters)
This idea targets members of more than 70,000 refugees living in Nairobi (UNHCR figures). The target number of students is 1,000 every year, majority being youth from areas covered by KINTSUGI ( Kasarani, Kayole, Umoja, Eastleigh, Kitengela and Kawangware) which are highly populated with refugees who can’t communicate in host community languages. Most of these refugees are also not educated, or dropped out due to war, most of them didn’t go to school but they’re also culturally bound.
Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)
English knowledge will lead to integration, interaction, peace and sustainable development for both refugees and host community members. This will increase confidence among refugees and will create opportunities for them. It will also be an open tool for them to be considered productive for resettlement in 3rd countries which most of them now require that refugees have English knowledge before they’re resettled especially USA and Australia. It’s an advantage because they easily adapt to life.
What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)
The idea goes beyond basic needs because there can not be and dignity without communication. The knowledge of a luggage creates self confidence, enables human interaction for different purposes mainly beneficial, therefore, it creates a sense of dignity, Joy and hope since refugees feel part of the community rather than isolated
What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)
The difference will be clear: after the required sessions, refugees are ready to write, listen and speak. They will increase their confidence, increased relationships,, do business with host community members, and will be able to represent lead others in their community whenever they’re and they will be able to advocate and raise awareness about their issues.
What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)
The inspiration behind this idea is painful experiences refugees go through due to lack of language knowledge.. Starting with my personal experience. I have been a refugee, when I arrived in Kenya, I went for interview at UNHCR for asylum, I was told I will do it in English. I don’t know what I said. Then I was rejected. I have seen refugees stuck, stranded because they can’t communicate. I have seen refugees being abused assorted and robbed and even deported because they cant express themselves.)
Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)
The target community is comprised of refugees from Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, etc. These groups have different cultural backgrounds and socialization. As well as stratification. This idea targets men, women,youth and children who dropped out of school due to financial inability to pay for tuition fees.
How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)
There’s no doubt that this idea empowers community strength and assets because it give the power to talk and write and speak, People become aware of their rights as express themselves and raise awareness about their conditions.
What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)
We work in partnership with MindLeaps, a not-for-profit organization staffed by dance instructors, educators, social workers, counselors and administrators, all dedicated to building a bridge to education and positive livelihoods through dance. We engage kids in fun dance classes that are part of a carefully crafted curriculum to develop the key cognitive and social-emotional skills vital to success in school and work.
What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing
Arriving and settling at a destination community
Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing
Platform: Creating a community or market that facilitates interaction between users and resources
Idea Proposal Stage
Pilot: We have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users. The feasibility of an innovation is tested in a small-scale and real world application (i.e. 3-15% of the target population)
Group or Organization Name
Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)
KINTSUGI, (Golden Joinery) is a traditional Japanese philosophical art that uses liquid such golden, Silver glue, or platinum lacquer to mend cracks of broken objects and bring them together to suggest that broken objects should not be thrown away but can be repaired and become more beautiful and of greater value. . KINTSUGI is a powerful metaphor of inspiration, strength, resilience and empowerment.
KINTSUGI is a refugee CBO based in Nairobi, Kenya. It serves urban refugees from Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Ethiopia and Southern Sudan,etc. Its Services focus on Sociocultural and sports events to foster integration of refugees into host community and promote peaceful coexistence. Our main annual event is AFRICAN REFUGEE PEACE MARATHON under the Theme « RUN A MILE IN A REFUGEE SHOES ». We engage kids in fun dance classes that are part of a carefully crafted curriculum to develop the key cognitive and social-emotional skills vital to success in school and work.
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Type of submitter
We are a registered Non-Profit Organization
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