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Catalogue of Initiatives
Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER)
- Higher Ed (formal)
The BHER project combines the expertise of Canadian and Kenyan universities which in the course of 10 years have amassed unique knowledge and experience in delivering university education onsite and online in the context of insecurity and marginalization. Working with and beyond individual institutional practices, we have modelled programming on the specific needs of refugee populations; used various pedagogical tools and training, as well as modes of content delivery, including the creation of opportunities for BHER students for intercultural learning with their Canadian peers through blended course delivery; adapted course content to the local context; and responded proactively to changes in Kenyan legislation regarding teacher education. The cornerstone of BHER programming is stackability (allowing students to stop at any one level of programming), portability (enabling students to continue studies wherever they go), gender equity and inclusivity (taking all necessary measures to ensure participation of women, ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities, as well as students with disabilities in all academic programs), and peaceful co-existence with the host community (at least 25% of BHER student body is from local sites). All academic programs are offered free to the refugee and local students serviced by BHER.
|Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER)
|Status (Ongoing, forthcoming)
|Ongoing (August 2013 to present)
|Type of Resource
|Blended Learning (online courses through eClass, KUSOMI) and face-to-face intensive sessions (pre-COVID)
|Higher Education (formal) – Certificates, diplomas, undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees
|Online or Blended
|The BHER Project began with a focus on improving the quality of primary and secondary education in the refugee and host communities of Dadaab through the provision of higher education. This aim also evolved to include a focus on training a cadre of refugee and local action researchers who are able to identify, think critically and produce knowledge on local issues impacting their communities. As such, the learning outcomes of the BHER project include:
|Refugee and local populations of Dadaab, Kenya
|Evaluation results/ monitoring plan
|Recognition or certification of learning
|Accredited university certificates, diplomas, degrees (BA, BEd, BSc, MEd)
|Aligned with basic Europass fields
|Financing and sustainability model
|The first five years of the BHER Project were financed by Global Affairs Canada (2013-2018). Following the GAC grant, the project was supported by Open Society Foundations (2018 – 2021) and York University (2018 – present).
In collaboration with, Kenyatta University, Windle International Kenya, Lutheran World Federation, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Moi University (2013-18), University of British Columbia (2013-18) British Columbia (Vancouver)
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