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MOOC LEARNING CENTER IN KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP.

To build skills that will enable young and adult displaced people be able to turn conflicts into opportunities.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

MOOC Learning Center in Kakuma is to create an alternative native educational settings that are not spoiled by strict norms enforced by local education system, but emerge from communities engaging in original practices. In other words, MOOC Learning Center in Kakuma is as such human-centered methodology which tends to help refugees acquire the knowledge and also enable learners to pass on the information to the rest of the communities. How is this possible? Well, having fled from countries where conflict reign, many refugees are so desperate about their experiences back home and as well as the ongoing weak relationships among people with a shared common purpose and that is to live a purposeful life. Therefore, the MOOC Learning Center in Kakuma has twofold purpose:
1. To facilitate guide learners on how to register to the conflict resolution MOOC course and as well tutoring them through forum discussion both online and onsite discussions.
2. Organize weekly conflict and resolution forums with at least 20 refugees from different communities of Kakuma refugee camp.

WHO BENEFITS?

This project will implement a conflict resolution model of organizing forums and workshops on interpersonal and inter-cultural conflict management. It will equip young and adult people with skills and attitudes to promote conflict management in their communities, and to apply non-violent ways of solving conflicts.

PROTOTYPE

1) Information propagation to community leaders on the conflict resolution MOOC Course.
2) The course is going to take two months, so we will be conducting eight conflict resolution forums per course and 48 conflict resolution forums per year. These forums will be meant to explore possible tips of conflict management and as well as different methods of conflict resolution.
3) To include community member to be part of the weekly conflict resolution forums. The forum will focus on real-world ideas that young people together with adults may have to promote interpersonal and inter-cultural communication, as well as their suggestions on different ways of turning conflicts into opportunities.

FEEDBACK

The feedback that I received (from some of the community members whom I engaged in the Learning How to learn course) is that free online courses would foster intellectual development of many refugees. I also learned from their feedback that internet access was a bit challenging for them to complete the course. Names of participant who participated in learning how to learn courses were: Fartun Abass, Hassan Bashir, Mberwa Muya, Juvenal Mbonihankuye, Halima Ahmed, Hussein Dayow, myself (Daniel Christian) and Ahmed Mohamed.

SKILL SHARE (optional)

I have experience and skills learning free online courses with coursera and I would like to use these skills as to make good impact to the rest of my fellow refugees. In partnership with InZone; I believe that this idea would make positive impact and change lives.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I work with JC:HEM as an Alumni Facilitator and I am volunteering as an OpenIdeo Community Champion in Kakuma Refugee Camp/Kenya. I also volunteer with InZone as a research assistant.

IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?

  • Yes, and I am looking for a partner working with refugee communities to implement this idea.

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Photo of Les LaMotte
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Daniel, have you looked at my pages... I have the delivery system for your FREE OPEN Educational system. I have all of the classes from the very best colleges in the US on one chip... and then we send that out 10-25 miles for access by anyone. They choose their classes and the system paces them and records the gives them their classes for free in which they can come to a place and discuss what they have learned and continue the classes until they can do their oral arguments and then be accepted to a University in which they can test out to obtain their degree.

Photo of Les LaMotte
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Daniel, I think what you are doing is wonderful. I am not sure what conflict resolution is all about, but I do know how to empower young people with many skills, art, painting, drawing, carpentry, graphic design, product design, entrepreneurship, small business administration, financials, business development from nothing, marketing, branding, logos, and last but far from least, building solar panels, and batteries for under $50 each, and setting up a WIFI learning modules reaching 10-25 miles with Free University courses. I am retired and therefore, I can work with you on any of these projects for 2-3 months at a time..., however, I would need to have transportation and modest living accommodations for my health and safety. I have been and stayed in South Sudan for up to 2 months, so I am well aware of the hardships of life style. I cannot walk long distances however, because of right knee surgery. However, I love to teach those who are willing to listen and apply true creativity and insight into the projects I teach. So contact me if you think this would be of help to you and your project. Les@LesLaMotte.com

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Delighted to part of this team, thank you Daniel for the invitation.
In March we carried out a community cohesion workshop for teachers, both in terms of being participants and as a train the trainer approach and also separately with pupils at the Hope primary school...with good success and great engagement with all involved in both sessions which may fit in well with the MOOC, both in terms as a online resource but also as a deliverable workshop.
The idea behind the workshop, called the "Tree of Life" explores issues around the individuals history, present circumstances and aspirations for the future. The premise of the individual is then expanded to the family, the community, the tribe/culture and then the refugee camp as a wider community and aims to show how as a community who have all experience loss and conflict we have common challenges and goals and by working together and understanding each other the challenges can be overcome and goals achieved. The workshop was originally designed by REPSSI in Zimbabwe as a community cohesion tool to elevate tribal tensions and then reconfigured for Zimbabwean refugees who later moved to South Africa, refugees living in Kyaka II refugee camp, Uganda...now Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.
What type of content are you specially looking for as we also use Art Therapy as a tool to work with traumatised teachers and pupils, happy to explore ideas around this also.
Regards, Simon

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Dear Dan,
This is such a beautiful and new solution to our multinational communities of Kakuma. Having people from more than 14 countries, who together can be classified into more than 400 ethnic groups and thus speaking different languages, I see a great need for a program that will increase multi-cultural cohesion among refugees in Kakuma.
I believe together with SAVIC, we can make this initiative more relevant so that you can also be reaching our students in our different SAVIC (www.savicafrica.org) centers. Young people need to work together in a peaceful understanding, regardless of our cultural difference. This MOOC project is the perfect solution and I great support your idea.

All the best!

Muzabel

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Hey Daniel!

Great idea! Really love the concept, and it's along the same lines as ours here: https://openideo.com/challenge/refugee-education/ideas/the-global-expert-network-gen-to-support-refugee-leaders-mentors/comments#comments-section. We are more focused on skills-based learning, but conflict-resolution isn't one we thought of initially.

I was actually wondering if you could give us a few insights, as you're on the ground:

1. What are the skills and/or concepts that people in Kakuma want to learn the most? Are they issues like conflict resolution and team building? Or, are they more along the lines of tactical skills like entrepreneurship (starting a business in the camp?), business...etc.?

2. What sort of technological access to people in your camp have? Internet? SMS? Phone Calls? Full internet? We're just curious to know what we can realistically expect as a platform for connecting experts with refugees inside the camp. I'm sure they vary greatly, but just curious about yours specifically.

3. Do you ever find language a barrier? Are there usually multiple languages spoken?

Thanks so much, and let's keep in touch! Love when other ideas help us broaden/open our own.

Photo of Emerimana Daniel Christian
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Hi Josh,
I am glad to hear that you found this idea interesting. Most of refugees here do try to upgrade their live but in vain because of one reason or the other. With small business owner whom I think they need additional skills such entrepreneurial skills to help them unlock their hidden ability of succeeding in their business. As you can see throughout this idea, I thought of conflict resolution course due to the incident that happened last year; whereby we lost many people from different nationality just because of the of problem solving skills among many of the community members. Therefore, I think that there is a need of more problems solving, entrepreneurial skills, and support to help learners practice their skills in the real world. The existence of a MOOC LEARNING CENTER IN KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP will not only focus only on the conflict resolution courses; but on many other skills such as entrepreneurship skills.
There is a limited sort of technological access to people that our camp have. Internet is not as accessible to everyone, people tend to utilize more and more SMS Phone Calls, also some of the social networks such as face book, Whatsappm, Viber. But again, they are not accessible to everyone. I think and believe that upgrading the access to internet can be the best option of a platform for connecting experts with refugees inside the camp. Therefore, the implementation of a MOOC LEARNING CENTER IN KAKUMA will be as bridge that connects refugees with expects from all over the world who are willing to empower refugees with new learning. Truly speaking, I would like to let you know that language is a barrier to thousands of refugees. Personally, having completed my high school in French speaking system; it was not easy for me to be familiar with English. And that is what we have people like Adisu; with ALPHA LANGUAGE STUDY PROGRAM you can see his idea here: https://openideo.com/challenge/refugee-education/ideas/empowering-refugees-with-communicative-skills-in-english-and-entrepreneurship-skills. The most spoken languages here in the camp are English and Kiswahili. The two are the common languages which connect people. French is not that much spoken.
Daniel

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Hi Daniel
I think this is an interesting concept you are proposing, to provide refugees in Kakuma access to conflict resolution courses to encourage community cohesion. As refugee camps have a fluid population with new influxes arriving and returnees leaving, the need for community is very high. From my experience in Kakuma, refugees arriving from South Sudan are often from both sides of the conflict, which causes tension in the camp. We delivered a psychosocial 2 day course - firstly with the teachers and then with the pupils of Hope and Peace primary school in Kakuma 4 - the emphasis was about of the course was to get everyone in the sessions to understand each other a little more, their background and also their aspirations. The sessions where a great success and brought together people who had never spoken to each other before and friendships and supportive networks where established.
Good luck with you idea!
Simon

Photo of Emerimana Daniel Christian
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Hi Simon,
Many thanks for your constructive comments. By the way, I would like to let you know that I once visited Hope primary school in kakuma 4; there is one of our Alumni called Stephen Odoi who opened an adult learning class. The main target of my idea would be in the area such as kakuma 4, 3 and 2 where we have many of the new arrivals living in these areas. At some point, Do you think your project can be of support for this idea to be realized in kakuma? What do you think would prevent the implementation of this idea? Simon I believe in the power of human-centered approach and I think that if everyone reading this post would understand that empowering young and adult refugees with skills which can help them manage their daily life's struggle from social to economic development, we would become social entrepreneurs, peace-makers, and as well as self-helper.
Daniel
Daniel

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Hello Daniel, I think this idea is good. Are you only looking at conflict resolution courses? I think it would be better to help them choose courses they are comfortable to do.

Photo of Emerimana Daniel Christian
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Hello Robert,
That's a good question. The idea is mainly generating to helping young and adult refugees have access on the MOOC courses. And we are not looking only for conflict resolution courses; the thing is that the mentioned course come first because we want all the community members to be equipped with skills which can enable them to manage conflicts faced in their daily life. Like the mentioned incident in this idea, it happened that only two people involved into a kind of misunderstanding and it ended up affecting the whole Kakuma community. In other words, I would like to let you know that as time goes on we will be helping them access whichever course they may like. The MOOC LEARNING CENTER HERE IN KAKUMA will be like a kind of awareness. We want people know that over there there are universities committed at offering free online courses with verified certificates and give them information and as well guide them on how they can be successful throughout their free online courses.
Daniel

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Hello Daniel ,that's a great idea and I really appreciate you for that my dear .Thanks.

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