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The Virtual University of Uganda launches the Special Academy to enable learning for the refugee community.

In 2018, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported about 68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, including 40 million who are internally displaced. According to the United Nations (un.org, 2018) Uganda is the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa. There are over a million refugees from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, DRC, and Ethiopia. This is because of the Government of Uganda has an open-Door Policy towards refugees.

One of the major problems faced at refugee camps is the lack of Access to formal Education in host countries (ResearchGate, 2016). Much as the provision of Education for refugees is a core component of UNHCR’s protection and durable solutions mandate, that would enable refugees to live healthy, productive lives and builds skills for self-reliance, this is not easily done. The Virtual University of Uganda through its Corporate Academy program has partnered with INTERAID, UNHCR, and YARID to impact the lives of these refugees through quality education. The Special Academy for Refugee Courses (SPARC) creates awareness to equip refugees with skills in terms of relevant technology, entrepreneurship, and languages. 

Much as the provision of Education for refugees is a core component of UNHCR’s protection and durable solutions mandate, that would enable refugees to live healthy, productive lives and builds skills for self-reliance, this is not easily done

The education provided is within the refugee localities, without the need to move to urban centers through the use of smart technology interventions. Virtual Learning Centers (VLCs) are being established with customized short courses and programs that can enable thousands and millions of refugees in Uganda to attain quality online Education.

Through SPARC, the Virtual University of Uganda envisions a community of trained and well-educated refugees. Refugees able to venture into sustainable business projects and thus contributing to the economic development of the host country, Uganda. 

Do you want to be part of this movement that is transforming refugee lives? Join SPARC as a facilitator, a sponsor and a student.

Sources

  1. 2012-2016 Education Strategy UNHCR
  2. Uganda stands out in refugees hospitality (UN)
  3. In Uganda, a unique urban experiment is underway
  4. What are the most serious issues/problems in a large refugee camp?