Since 2008, Professors Samson Nashon and Rita Irwin from UBC’s Faculty of Education have been leading humanitarian efforts in collaboration with Moi University’s Faculty of Education to develop and offer a Diploma in Teacher Education Program (Secondary) for teachers in Daadab Refugee Camp, the world’s largest refugee camp that hosts close to 450,000 refugees. Participating faculty come from across all the departments in the Faculty. To date all the courses have been developed and approved by senate. The first intake of students will be in August 2014. The courses will be offered in a mixed mode, face-to-face on site as well as online.
This project is one of the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) projects receiving funding from CIDA. Other institutions involved in BHER include York University (Lead on CIDA Grant), UBC, WUSC, Moi University, Kenyatta University (KU), African Virtual University, and Windle Trust (Kenya). See http://crs.yorku.ca/bher-partner-orgs
Down the hall co-host, Fiona Czeschel, talks to Dr. Samson Nashon about the Faculty of Education’s work in a joint educational program at Dadaab.