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Limited Access to Higher Education for Refugees

Give Education To A Refugee Learner; Restore His/her Living Hope.

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Educating displaced students would offer them the ability to make great change in their future and also the future of their societies. Education restores hope into the heart of displaced student not only for themselves but also for their fellow human beings.

“Helping students continue their education gives the student an intellectual stimulus the routine of camp life can't provide, a focus away from the destructive forces of cities caught up in conflict, and hope for the future. Hope both for the student and for their country. Education received by a refugee today will help transform that young woman or man into a leader tomorrow; someone who can rebuild their country, or, if resettled to a third country, someone who can contribute in a fulfilling and vibrant manner to a new life in a new land.” (Retrieved from:

It is difficult to generalize the lives and experiences of displaced students, but many have lived through the traumatic experience of fleeing their country and separation from their beloved family members. Education is a means for displaced students to recover from their loss of hope. However, they continue to face obstacles to their education including: age-discrimination, language barriers, interrupted formal education, and lack of access. 

Access to higher education would allow refugees to become the change makers needed most in their societies, therefore it is essential to examine: 

What can be done to increase higher education opportunities for refugees?

JC-HEM Cohort 2 Kakuma graduates (Most of them are holding Admissions from the local Universities but they find it difficult to support themselves in order to pursue their educational goals. Keep in mind that a refugee earns an incentive of less a $100 which makes it difficult for a refugee to save for his/her University studies.)


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Refugees can face many barriers to getting to higher education, including an absence of data, counsel and individual direction touchy to their particular needs, insufficient arrangement of concentrated dialect courses for scholastic purposes, and confined access to government student finance schemes.

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