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The Arrupe Center at Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya has computer labs and a library to aid refugee students in the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins program. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)
(Washington, D.C.) August 14, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service has partnered with Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) over the last several years to bring higher education to refugees in camps. JC:HEM is an initiative of the Society of Jesus that brings Jesuit higher education to those at the margins of our society. 


The program draws on the rich and centuries long Jesuit tradition of higher education and mobilizes the resources of the Jesuit worldwide network of educational institutions. Previous stories about the program can be found below: 

Kenya: Opening opportunities through education

(Kakuma, Kenya) August 6, 2013 — If you had asked me a month ago what I was walking into when I interned with Jesuit Refugee Service and the Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins program here at Kakuma refugee camp, I honestly could not tell you what I expected, writes Virginia Tech University student Allison Laclede. Read her reflections here. Read More >>> Voices 

UNHCR—Jesuit agreement enhances higher education opportunities for refugees

(Rome) April 12, 2013 – The United Nations refugee agency and Jesuit Refugee Service, through our partner Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins initiative, have signed an agreement to enhance higher education opportunities for refugees and other forcibly displaced people through online and on-site courses. Read More >>> Newsroom  News

Jordan: there is a refugee inside each of us

(Amman) January 11, 2013 – The Jesuit Commons—Higher Education at the Margins online diploma program was implemented in June 2012 in Amman. It serves as the first free tertiary education online program for refugees in the region. The first class, comprising 19 students, attend lessons together daily for three hours, allowing them to learn together. Read More >>> Newsroom  News

Hope through learning: higher education for refugees

(Washington, D.C.) November 24, 2012 – Georgetown University President Dr. John DiGioia commemorated the 32nd anniversary of Jesuit Refugee Service this month by hosting a special panel discussion stressing the importance of refugee education and the partnership of JRS and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins. Read More >>> Newsroom  News

Jordan: rethinking the traditional university model

(Amman) July 31, 2012 — As technology contributes to the rapid change taking place in the Arab world, Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins have used it to initiate an online Liberal Studies Diploma for urban refugees here in Jordan's capital. Read More >>> Newsroom  News

UNHCR: refugees need opportunities for higher education

(Denver) June 9, 2012 — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees regional representative for the United States and Caribbean praised efforts so far but told attendees at the first international Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins Think Tank conducted at Regis University earlier this year that “we need to be better” when it comes to the refugee situation. Read More >>> Newsroom  News

Finding purpose by serving refugees

(Denver) April 17, 2012 — Clotilde Giner oversees a staff of 14 at Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi, handling logistical issues and providing support for Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins teaching teams who seek to bring Jesuit higher education and a better life to the camp which is home to 16,000 refugees. Read More >>> Newsroom  News

Higher Education at the Margins charts future course

(Denver) March 13, 2012 — The firstJesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins Think Tank at Regis University came to a conclusion March 8 with a final round of spirited discussions, poignant presentations and the promise of recommendations that will guide the organization’s future in bring Jesuit higher education to those at the margins of our society. Read More >>> Newsroom  News

Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins

(Denver) March 2, 2012 — Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins is an initiative of the Society of Jesus that brings Jesuit higher education to those at the margins of our society. JC:HEM works with Jesuit Refugee Service, which has enabled more than 250 refugees to study courses online and on-site in partnership with a global network of Jesuit universities. Read More >>> Newsroom 

Eastern Africa: technology aids isolated refugees

(Oxford, England) October 20, 2011 — Taking advantage of new computer technologies and improved internet connectivity across Africa, the Jesuit Refugee Service’s initiative Jesuit Commons-Higher Education at the Margins has piloted access to tertiary education in refugee settings, linking university teachers in the U.S. with students in refugee camps in Kenya and Malawi. Read More >>> Newsroom  News

Pioneering a new approach to higher ed in Kenya

(Nairobi) April 6, 2011 — The Jesuit Commons — Higher Education at the Margins project offers a dynamic and flexible model of education to refugees, promoting education as a fundamental human right in the most rugged circumstances. In northern Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp, at least 100 refugees are expected to participate in the new program during the first year. Read More >>> Newsroom  News

Distance education project launched in Kenya

(Nairobi, Kenya) March 15, 2011 — Refugees in Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya now have access to higher education following the launch by Jesuit Refugee Service of a new distance-education project with U.S. universities. The Jesuit Commons — Higher Education at the Margins project offers a dynamic and flexible model of education to refugees, promoting education as a fundamental human right in the most rugged circumstances. Read More >>> Newsroom  News

Kenya: Distance-learning program provides hope

(Kakuma, Kenya) — Every day Bol, a 26-year old paraplegic man, pedals his hand-powered tricycle an hour each way from his home through Kakuma refugee camp to attend the first introductory training sessions for the new Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins distance-learning accredited university courses. Read More >>> Newsroom  News


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