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Thanks so much for your feedback, Innocent, and congratulations on being so close to your own graduation. I look forward to continuing to work with you to expand opportunities for higher education to refugees and other disadvantaged learners everywhere!

Thanks Max! Please do keep following us, we're hoping to continue our work in the refugee higher ed space.

Hi Bettina, thanks very much for your comments and questions! In fact, we are hoping to use this grant opportunity to think through the model - or models - that we should use for coaching - we are working with several options right now, and would hope to refine and learn more about the efficacy of each in a pilot phase. Our existing project in Rwanda brings students and instructors (coaches) together everyday in classrooms, which we have found to be extremely effective, but is also not as realistic for the contexts of resettled refugee learners. Our previous pilot at SNHU for resettled refugees did incorporate a physical learning centre space, but encountered a lot of difficulties with students not being able to access it regularly enough due to conflicts with transportation and other commitments, including work and family. The PelotonU model is definitely an inspiration for us. I also like how it has more flexibility than establishing a single learning centre - and I think flexibility is going to be key for our model success here. Some students may benefit a lot from this approach, whereas others will need to have access to more online or remote support. Either way, partnerships are going to be huge for us, and can hopefully inform on some of these outstanding questions!

Also interesting idea re co-study space for local students. Although the competency-based degree program is currently only available through specific projects, it is important to think about the ways that we can use partnerships and co-sharing to make sure that we are supporting integration and learning in the most effective ways possible!