In 2013, WUSC along with its partners began implementing the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project, a development initiative led by York University that aims to make university programs available to refugees and local host communities in the Dadaab region in eastern Kenya. With some 500, 000 refugees in Dadaab, attending university or accessing tertiary degree programs has been almost impossible for refugees and host communities. Only one percent benefit from international scholarships.
BHER plans to offer gender balanced and internationally recognized university programs - at the certificate, diploma and degree level - in education, social sciences and natural sciences to refugee and local populations. The initiative also supports Canadian and Kenyan universities to develop and deliver individual or joint onsite and online programs through the BHER Learning Centre.
WUSC, Windle Trust Kenya and the African Virtual University will manage the preparatory component of BHER – which will help bring students’ skills and knowledge up to the post-secondary level so they excel once they enter university certificate, diploma and degree programs.
Find out more: crs.yorku.ca/bher
Currently the BHER consortium includes eight partners: African Virtual University, Kenyatta University, Moi University, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, University of British Columbia, York University, Windle Trust Kenya and World University Service of Canada. The BHER project is supported by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and participating partners.
Photo provided by BHER.