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Adults Learn to Read and Write with Stephen

Stephen Odoi makes a difference in helping adults in his community learn how to read and write

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Men and women in Stephen's class
Stephen giving a lesson

In Kakuma Refugee Camp, Adult Learning is a limited chance for those who dropped out from formal education and those who are willing to learn how to write and read in English and Kiswahili languages at their adult age. Windle Trust Kenya used to have in charge Adult Learning classes but for the time being WTK has stopped that program.  Because of this gap, Stephen Odoi, an alumni from the Jesuit-Commons at the Margins online diploma program has offered to conduct an adult school in his community where adult men and women get enrolled  and benefit the base of education from Odoi and other volunteers who teach them. This Adult school uses Lutheran World Federation’s school buildings and have got the permission of operating in the camp from the UNHCR. The beneficiaries have to contribute a small amount of money that help in buying needed materials and in assuring the security of their property. According to Stephen the adult classes will help fellow refugees in his community to at least be able to read their confidential letters  as some of them came to seek help from him when they received a letter for example from UNHCR.

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Photo of An Old Friend

Hi Vestine,
We here at the World Wide Education Project currently have interventions in Kakuma refugee camp including teacher training, psychosocial support and classroom construction. We have recently returned from our latest field work there and have experience of challenges your submission such as lack of resources in the classroom for both teachers and pupils.
I have just submitted a project proposal to this challenge, perhaps you may wish to comment on our approach which aims to target lack of resources, last of teacher training and experience, financial constraints and also large class size learning...we are utilising the rear wall of the classrooms you show in your pictures, the LWF/UNHCR designed 'Mabati' classroom.
I would really appreciate your comments on our plan which we are currently developing. Please find the project proposal here: https://openideo.com/challenge/refugee-education/research/educational-resource-walls Thank you!

Photo of Vestine Umubyeyi

Hello Simon, I have read your post, its a good project really. Excuse my curiosity, aren't you the guys who came in a red bus purchasing mabatis?

Photo of An Old Friend

Hi Vestine, no that wasn't us. We were based mostly at Hope primary school in Kakuma 4 and Malakal primary school Kakuma 1. Regards.

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