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I am a philosopher (PhD, Columbia U, 2007), an educator and a refugee right advocate and a Board Member of The Lost Boys Centre for Leadership. I am the Co-Director of the Come True Project under Become NGO, presently securing the education of 120 S. Sudanese refugee children in a boarding school in Kampala. Become's plans are to build a school in S. Sudan and recently, I returned from a visit in Juba in which I discussed our plans with the Minister of Education
You can read about my motto here: http://www.pressenza.com/2015/06/south-sudanese-kids-deported-from-israel-in-uganda/
I am glad to introduce Alex Gumisiriza, one of our Uganda partners, deputy headteacher of Trinity School and officer in charge of academic programs. Alex had been with us for 3 years already and acts like "the middle man" between the 120 S. Sudanese refugee children in his school and the local Ugandan community and he is also the contact with the international educators involved. Alex is an essential part in forming contents and designing programs in the purpose of improving the integration of refugee students into their new environment.
Susan, this is Rami, from Be The One Platform. Your visualisation is beautiful and full of life. But more importantly, I think it gets things right to the point- indeed, it makes things that are less appealing to students (and even to me ;) ) far more appealing. I believe some of our local partners in Uganda might be interested in this visualisation for dealing with health issues in the school, which is a vital part of their education given some challenging circumstances. I will follow up and also join to the discussion our partner, Mr. Alex Gumisriza, from the Trinity Primary School, to hear his impressions and thoughts.
Hi Richard, this is Dr. Rami Gudovitch, with Ben, part of the BECOME NGO and team member of the Be The One project. You can learn about BECOME activities in our 2014 annual report: http://www.become-world.org/uploads/1/2/7/5/12752059/become_annual_report_2014_en.pdf A word about myself: I am a philosophy professor (PhD Columbia University, 2007) working in the philosophy of education. I am also an advocate of refugee rights in Israel and a teacher to many S. Sudanese, Eritrean, Sudanese, Congolese and other refugees, in Israel. I am active in the struggle for refugee rights in Israel and other countries and I am working in collaboration with international organisations protecting refugee rights and struggling against deportation of refugees. In the recent three years, since the deportation of the S. Sudanese community from Israel, I partnered with Become NGO and together with Adv. Lea Miller Forstat we formed the Come True project. Under the Come True project Become succeeded to bring, to this point, 120 refugee S. Sudanese students back to school. The Be The One platform was developed after we realised that the sponsorship program does not fit all students and does not fit all circumstances. We need to be more open to make sure we are not neglecting students that have "missed the train". The advantages of the Be The One platform: a. It fits students who are less likely to catch up with formal education and it gives them chance to maximise their hope to succeed in life. b. It was designed to require minimal resources and to be available even under unstable circumstances. c. It is built by on the model of real people: refugee children who have proven success on different measures already. It is also built with constant feedback from the community and from local partners. d. The toolkit is built on a meme model: in building each course the designers aim to teach each student how to teach what she learns, therefore, making each student an ambassador of leadership skills.
I will let Ben tell how we heard about the challenge. We developed the program as a result of an acute need we found among youth of the community. We were very exited to learn about the challenge as it looks like a platform that fits the Be The One like gloves fit hands.
I will be in Kampala in two weeks from now for one week and with my local partners, both Ugandan Educators and S. Sudanese community representatives, I will be more than happy to meet and discuss possible partnerships.