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Hi, Luisa.
At Alpha centre we teach refugee men and women communicative skills in English (English for communication) at Intermediate and Advanced levels. The enrollment and attendance of women is very low, about 10%, as you can see from the pictures.
The idea is to raise women's participation in the training by opening a new Intermediate class for women only that will be funded during Jan - Dec 2016 intake.
One assumption why many women don't come for the training is that they may not be able to contribute a fee of Ksh300 (0.33USD) per person per month, the minimum cost used to run the centre so that it can continue teaching.
After learners complete the training, the youth apply for scholarship for further education in Kenya and abroad. Those who qualified go into teaching in refugee schools from nursery to secondary. Others go into volunteer work in the camp. Some others become entrepreneurs in the camp and outside.
The case study of Ahmed #
Ahmed is a young Somali refugee living in Kakuma. When he came to Kakuma he couldn't communicate in English but, after he completed Intermediate and Advanced English language training both 6 month duration, he managed to graduate with diploma from Regis University, USA, through Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) online learning program. Currently, Ahmed is working for UNHCR and IOM as Somali - English translator in Kakuma refugee camp.


Addisu commented on Alpha Language Study Center.

Hi, Zhao.
Sorry for being late to respond to your comment. I am interested in new or similar stories how others create new ideas and overcome challenges as they (challenges) come up in the implementation process.