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Emerimana Daniel Christian
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Kakuma, Turkana County, Kenya
Founder at URISE Initiative for Africa
URISE Initiative For Africa
"Make peace the same way we make money."
My name is Emerimana Daniel Christian an African young man, Burundian by Nationality born in the North Province of Burundi; but I am currently living in Kakuma Refugee Camp/Kenya. I graduated from JC:HEM e-Learning program with a Diploma in Liberal Studies. I am deeply indebted to JC:HEM family for giving me what I was looking for as far as tertiary education. I come from a lower middle class family and also a polygamous one, as a child I was expecting to be treated well by my family, instead, I have been mistreated; but I am grateful today for whatever happened to me was a lesson.
Brief information The idea was born in 2014 and developed in 2015. I got more insights when I enrolled in a post-graduate certificate of Social Innovation Management at Amani Institute. In 2016, we did IDEA NETWORKING and received good feedback and learned a lot from the community. Then we thought of developing a unique course to peace merely related to the life conditions of kakuma refugee camp. We also tried out the idea of Tech training of which after throwing out to the real user we learned that we needed more of experience and lucky enough we received an opportunity for our trainer to go and receive more ICT training at Tunapanda Institute. What stage are you at? I would like to say that we are at the piloting stage. We are conducting workshop on course to peace concept as to ensure that we clearly understand what to include in the course development. We normally conduct two workshops on peace in a month. Apart from the workshop, we are developing questionnaires related to peace and sharing them with people from different community as to ensure that we get more feedbacks that will guide our course to peace curriculum developer during the course content development. In regard to Tech training center, our experiment convinced us that we were not prepared and we sought help from Tunapanda institute to train our trainer who already had expertise in ICT and we plan to start our first TechPeace class towards the end of April. The rest of our ICT Team members are working on developing Tech training content. Have you completed the 2/3month pilot project? Yes, we completed the 2/3-month pilot project. For example, on the course to peace we trained 20 students and conducted an in-class feedback on the course and took their feedback to the community; they all shared an opinion of developing a course to peace relatively to kakuma life’s condition and experience of people from different countries. As for now, we are developing curriculum content on the course to peace. What are you looking for in partner? What we are looking for in partner are: expertise in peace making and use of technology to instil peace-making in the lives of young refugee people. Also, we need facilities which can enable us to establish a well-equipped TechPeace center.
Luisa, Thank you too for your guidance. In my life, I aspire to be a change maker and I thinking that starting by empowering young refugees with access to MOOC courses it is the right starting point. Therefore, I would answer the question you asked me with a YES. I wish I was in position to have the instant classroom Kit such as the one of Vofafone foundation; I could go ahead and change the lives of many other young refugees around me. Daniel
Hello to Usanii Lab, Congratulations for your idea being selected for the refinement phase. I think this is a good idea especially for young refugees because I believe that it will equip them with reliable skills on how they can be influential contributor. By using social media skills, young refugee will be able to address societal problems faced by the communities. I am curious to know how will you be able to implement this idea in Kakuma while you are based in Nairobi? Daniel