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Accessibility to Post-Secondary Education

Build a better future for young and adult refugee learners.

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Quality education remains the core value to social development, personal development and as well as to poverty eradication. Helping young and adult refugee learners with access to education of good quality would enable them to be influential contributors in the society. Even though it is believed that education is one of the human basic rights; but it remains truly inaccessible to all refugee learners. This is the case with the JC:HEM 2015 admission ongoing process. There are a huge number of refugee learners with the passion to join the program but still the opportunity is very limited to only 35 student. “For instance, we issued over 300 applications and received back over 200 applications and at the end of the day we will have only 35 students to join the program.” Says Kevin Otieno. Actually, there is a need of expanding accessibility to higher education. How might we expand accessibility to post-secondary education for refugees in Kakuma?

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"The Diploma in liberal is actually meant to prepare one for further studies." Kevin says.

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Daniel,
Thanks for sharing such a great example and pointing out the challenge of access. Have you asked Kevin or others what are ways to increase access to programs like JC:Hem what needs to be in place so that these type of programs can accept more students?
What is the criteria to qualify for this program?

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Luisa,
From the discussion that we had with the JC:HEM international Coordinator and the Chief Academic Officer, I would say that facilities are not enough for the to accept a big number of student and also funds are not easily accessible for them to serve as many people they can. It was the same issue when we were requesting for the expansion of the program as in we wanted them to expand the program to a degree level but the resources they have allow them to only offer the Diploma but not degree level. The criteria to qualify for this program is to be a refugee with O level certificate or a Secondary diploma. And it is free of charge.