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Chad: Darfur refugees find hope in education
(Washington, D.C.) June 29, 2015 — In Djabal refugee camp, just outside the town of Goz Beida in eastern Chad, Jesuit Refugee Service is expanding our partnership with Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins and has started a new program in the camp that will eventually offer an online, university-level diploma program.
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Uganda: early childhood education encourages integration
(Kampala) June 11, 2015 — Despite the importance of early education to their cognitive, social and emotional development, extreme poverty and discrimination hinders the full development of millions of children. This is especially true for refugee children. The reality is, when made accessible, early education can work wonders.
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Video: Education is hope for refugees
(Washington, D.C.) May 18, 2015 — Access to schools and quality education is an urgent priority for all refugee children and youth. Education is the key to a better the future for refugees whatever form that future might take. Education provides a sense of stability, dignity and hope for the future both for refugee children and their families. In this short video, refugees in Chad and Ethiopia share their hopes.
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Kenya: 'No tragedy can kill hope'
(Kakuma) March 17, 2015 – "No tragedy can kill hope. They have taken our homes, but not our future. No matter how bad their past has been, everyone has the right to a future!" said Sylvain Ruhamya Canga in his valedictorian speech at the commencement ceremony of the online higher education program implemented by Jesuit Refugee Service.
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Promoting education in the Democratic Republic of Congo
(Masisi) March 10, 2015 – "To me education is about dignity. It's about giving children – who have nothing – a way to engage in the society around them and do something with their lives besides contribute to the violence that surrounds them," says Sr Esperance Hamuli, Education Coordinator with Jesuit Refugee Service here.
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Graduates at Kakuma refugee camp celebrate hope
(Kakuma, Kenya) September 29, 2014 — A busy road in Kakuma refugee camp comes alive with shops selling vivacious Tanzanian fabrics, Ethiopian cafes serving espresso shots, families collecting remittances at Somali banks and a micro-version of a university campus offering online higher education to talented refugees.
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Refugee graduates in Kenya & Malawi work, study and serve their communities
(Rome) September 22, 2014 — For the second consecutive year, refugee students in camps in Kenya and Malawi will graduate from an online Liberal Arts Diploma program managed by Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education on the Margins.
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Chad: education for refugee girls from Sudan, between obstacles and hope
(N’Djamena) September 11, 2014 — Walking long distances to fetch water in the blistering desert heat of eastern Chad is not to be underestimated. It is one of the most arduous of tasks facing Sudanese women living in refugee camps in eastern Chad, a place where socio-cultural traditions tend to limit their role strictly to the domestic sphere: household chores, caring for large families and fetching water.
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Malawi: refugee education creates community leaders
(Dzaleka, Malawi) July 3, 2014 — While most of the 18,000 people living in Dzaleka refugee camp dream of leaving, 23 residents have taken the initiative to turn this not-so-temporary camp into a community. For three years, they took online courses earning themselves a diploma in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in either business or education, from Regis University.
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Education is the way forward in Myanmar
(Bangkok) January 15, 2014 — When the Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific and JRS International directors visited Myanmar's Kachin and Kayah states last year, they heard from families who said they see education as the way forward, together with the strengthening of social support programs to care for those traumatized or left impoverished by more than 50 years of violent conflict.
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Turkey: integrating refugee children into public schools
(Kirrikale, Turkey) December 26, 2013 — Most refugees in Turkey do not see a future for themselves there; rather, they long for resettlement to a third country. But, with substantial pressure to establish a comprehensive asylum law in Turkey and massive increases in refugee arrivals, local integration seems to be the only viable option.
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Jordan: online education boosts refugees' skills
(Amman) November 1, 2013 — As the Syrian war moves into its 30th month, with no end in sight, the response by Jesuit Refugee Service has continued to evolve, from emergency assistance to a strengthening of the long-term service provision. The number of Syrian refugees in Jordan is now at 500,000 and preparing refugee communities for the future has become a priority.
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Higher ed program begins in Thailand refugee camp
(Mae Hong Son, Thailand) October 21, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service has served refugees here since 1993, focusing on basic education and vocational training service delivery. With increasing needs for tertiary education being identified in Mae Hong Son in recent years, the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins initiative was proposed and assessed as a suitable way forward.
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Kenya: the dream has finally become a reality
(Kakuma) September 30, 2013 – The dream finally became a reality for 26 students as they graduated in a colorful ceremony in Kakuma refugee camp, in northwestern Kenya. It was the culmination of the students' dreams as they completed a pilot program of an online, three-year Diploma in Liberal Studies from Regis University in Denver.
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Kenya: Pioneer graduation ceremony in Kakuma
(Kakuma, Kenya) September 22, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins holds the first graduation ceremony for diploma students in Kakuma refugee camp on Monday, September 23, 2013 at the JRS Arrupe Learning Center in Kakuma Refugee Camp.
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Kindling hope through learning (video)
(Washington, D.C.) August 15, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service and our partner Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins, have a unique program providing tertiary education to refugees in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya. The project currently supports 99 students working toward a Diploma in Liberal Studies.
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Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins
(Washington, D.C.) August 14, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service has partnered with Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins 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.
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Peace through Education in Southern Sudan
Walking amidst the lush tall grasses of Eastern Equatoria State in Southern Sudan and looking at the peaceful verdant hills dotted with trees, it is hard to imagine the chaos and carnage that raged throughout the area from 1983 until 2005.
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Three schools rise in rural Haiti
(Thiotte, Haiti) April 5, 2012 — Students in three communities in and around this small town in the mountains of Haiti have been able to move into new schools because of a partnership between Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Sacred Heart Parish of Thiotte.
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