Cross-country degree recognition & refugee universities/vocational training
Creating a pathway to recognize refugees credentials, development of culturally and linguistically appropriate post-secondary education
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
Many refugees are highly educated and credentialed in their country of origin. After displacement they find that they cannot be employed. This is due to language limitations, as well as credentials not being recognized in the new country of residence. A policy effort to establish a process to translate credentials to the new country could dramatically alleviate some of this stress and improve refugee employment possibility outside the refugee camp, as well as creating opportunities for education and business development within the community. In camps where registration of refugees is attained, this process could be initiated at this point. This process would allow qualified refugees to work in partnership with the local university to establish a program of study for refugee youth at the post-secondary level. This approach opens up the possibility for employment, cross-cultural collaboration (between university and refugee faculty and youth) and for young refugees to access post-secondary education (or vocational training). A refugee run university or vocational training program would help address language & cultural barriers that may result from externally operated programs.
Refugee youth, refugee adults, local community
I might visualize the process of credential translation and university development (rough sketch) and seek feedback on these. This idea was inspired by a NPR report about Syrian refugees in Turkey which is seeking to create a university to be staffed by professors that are refugees. I would explore this program design more thoroughly and perhaps present this for feedback to both small and large refugee settings to see if it could be adapted.
It would be critical to get feedback from destination country policy makers to determine feasibility of creating a credential translation process. I would also like to talk to program directors who have led initiatives to support the development of refugee run education at any level, and refugees who might be potential professors at a refugee run site. I would try to identify these individuals through local UN representatives in a large and small refugee camp.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
San Francisco, CA, United States
IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?
This idea is meant to inspire - I hope someone else takes it on.