Higher education... transform thinking... transform the world
Given the low access to tertiary education, there is a serious lack of skills and qualifications among refugees in camps and cities which has a direct impact on the services provided in those settings. For those who have been forced to flee their homes, access to higher education offers refugees an opportunity to broaden their minds and help strengthen their communities. In essence it is one key to building sustainable peace and development. Read more

Malawi: women refugees as community leaders
Dzaleka, 24 February 2016 – Less than one percent of refugees have access to higher education, and this percentage is even lower for refugee women. Since 2010, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) along with Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM), has been offering tertiary education for refugees in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi. The beginning of 2016 marked an incredible new chapter for these programmes: for the first time, half of the enrolments to the Community Health course are young women.
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Malawi: a father's parting words
Dzaleka, Malawi, 2 October 2015 – "The only thing my father left me with was this advice before he died," says Charles, a young man living in a refugee camp. "'I don't have anything to give you, but I ask you to continue with your education. Education will be your mother and father when I am no longer there.'"
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Chad: Darfur refugees find hope in education
Washington, DC, 30 June 2015 – In Djabal refugee camp, just outside the town of Goz Beida in eastern Chad, the Jesuit Refugee Service is expanding our partnership with Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) and has started a new programme in the camp that will eventually offer an online, university-level diploma programme.
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Jordan: finding leadership and purpose in education
Amman, 25 May 2015 – Ismail, a refugee from Sudan now living in Jordan, shares with us his story. Ismail writes that after enrolling in a Jesuit Refugee Service education program, he rediscovered hope. “I feel as if this opportunity has saved my life,” he says, “life has many opportunities in store.
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Kenya: no tragedy can kill hope
Kakuma, 3 March 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 implemented by the Jesuit Refugee Service.
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Jordan: sharing pain and success among different refugee communities
Amman, 23 October 2014 – The city where I used to live is located in the middle of Syria. My neighbourhood was very close to an area that was loyal to the Syrian government, and in the long run that meant trouble for us. It was the summer of 2011; my schoolmates and I were ordinary students who were studying for exams and just looking forward to enjoying our summer vacation. It was about to be my last Syrian summer.
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Kenya/ Malawi: refugee graduates work, study and serve their communities
Rome, 22 September 2014 – For the second consecutive year, refugee students in camps in Kenya and Malawi will graduate from an online Liberal Arts Diploma programme managed by Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education on the Margins (JC:HEM). JRS has found that most graduates are likely to find employment or continue their studies, and nearly all the students engage in service to their communities.
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Malawi: space to become community leaders
Dzaleka, 2 July 2014 – While most of the 18,000 people living in Dzaleka camp dream of leaving, 23 refugees have taken the initiative to turn this not-so-temporary camp into a community.
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Malawi: growing hope, tree planting in Dzaleka refugee camp
Dzaleka, 6 May 2014 – In a refugee camp where people feel they can't stay permanently, can't go back where they came from and don't see the future, it is easy to give up and lose hope.
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Malawi: hearing it on the community radio
Dzaleka, 24 April 2014 – Byamungu R Joseph Papa started broadcasting news and music from his shack inside Malawi's Dzaleka refugee camp in 2005 using a battery, an amplifier and a megaphone. Speakers placed on the roof of his home broadcast his announcements of new arrivals and lost goats, international news, and music programmes.
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