Scholars with current DAFIKESO Students Executive-2012
When the Catholic University of Eastern Africa held its 27th graduation ceremony on Friday, 5th October 2012 in Nairobi, 11 out of the total 2593 graduates were Windle Trust’s scholars.
These scholars have braved the challenging academic rigors to clinch high academic achievements. Mustaf Garane Muse (Commerce), Alice Uwodusenga Bahizi (Commerce) and Jules Bashizi Irenge (Computer Science) were awarded first class honors degrees. Amina Dayib,
Haruna Aaron, Adan Idle, Haji Kamal, Mowlid Mohamed, Mohamed Nasib, Abdirizak Hassan and Daud Mohamed attained second class upper division in their respective disciplines.
These scholars have been supported under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) DAFI Albert Einstein Education grant which Windle Trust Kenya implements on behalf of UNHCR.
Windle Trust Kenya hosted a reception in honor of the new graduates on Monday, 8th October 2012 in Nairobi city. Already Jules (Nairobi), Nasib (Somalia) and Aaron (Kakuma) have been absorbed into the job market. ‘I’d like to work for the Central Bank of Somalia and lecture on Economics when I get back home’, asserts Mowlid Mohamed a graduate in Economics. Windle Trust Kenya wishes the graduates all the best in their endeavors’ towards contributing to sustainable development in their respective communities.
Scholars with Windle Trust Kenya & UNHCR representatives
This is a new initiative that WTK is undertaking with collaboration of partners who comprise of:
- Kenyatta University (KU),
- Moi University (MU),
- University of British Columbia (UBC),
- York University (YU)
More and more refugees have been searching for scholarships to enable them further their education after secondary school. However, there has always been a challenge of accessing scholarships as they are always few and highly competitive. Thus this initiative is providing a solution that will address this challenge and at the same time:
- Improve the equitable delivery of quality education in refugee camps and adjacent local communities through university training opportunities that prepare a new generation of male and female teachers
- Create ongoing and targeted opportunities for access to/participation of young men and women in university programs that enhance their employability through portable certificates, diplomas and degrees in education, social sciences and humanities, health studies, and natural sciences
- Teacher Education – build teaching capacities in the camp through a two pronged approach “learn as you earn”. The model implies that all refugee students enrolled in the programs offered by the project will continue to teach in their respective schools thus avoiding a gap in teaching capacities already scarce in the camps. Knowledge and skills they gain will be directly applied to their teaching environments, thus enhancing the quality and learning opportunities for the students.
Inset: The WTK Executive Director addressing students in one of our schools in Dadaab refugee camp in 2011.
Our blog provides you with updates about Windle Trust Kenya (WTK) activities, information, and opportunities. Windle Trust Kenya offers a number of programs to help refugees’ exploit their full potential like any other citizen. Windle Trust’s programs are focused on improving education in Kenyan refugee camps which include:-
- Education programs (Secondary Education)
- Scholarship programs ( KEEP,SRP,DAFI, DD PURI,BHER among others)
- Language Training ( ELP-English Language program)
For more information please visit our website by navigating to this url www.windle.org