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UNHCR Education Report 2021

Five Takeaways from the 2021 UNHCR Education Report In September, UNHCR published their annual Education Report. The report, titled Staying the course: challenges facing refugee education, focuses on key trends and changes in access to education for refugees. It is the most comprehensive data analysis conducted by UNHCR on refugee education, covering over 40 host…

Building a translation function within INGOs to bridge the gap between gender and finance: Lessons learnt from a case study of WUSC’s Volunteer Cooperation Program

Gender lens investing is an approach that integrates a gender analysis into investment analysis and decision-making to better inform decisions and advance gender equality. However, gender experts and finance organizations often lack the capacity to integrate their analyses. This problem exists in traditional banks or microfinance institutions where women often still struggle to access appropriate…

Return to School

Over the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed all of our lives in complex ways. Research shows that when a disaster hits, women and girls are some of the most vulnerable and highly affected, and this has proven true during the pandemic as well. Millions of women and girls have left…

WUSC Celebrates 2021 Fall Arrivals

Every year in August and September, members from the WUSC community across the country prepare to welcome a new cohort of refugee youth to Canada. Through our various sponsorship programs, these youth are given the opportunity to continue their studies at Canadian universities, colleges, and CEGEPs, and now expanded to Canadian workplaces.  In total, WUSC…

How Jacob Pursued his Dreams Through the WUSC Student Refugee Program

Jacob has always been passionate about his studies. While growing up in a refugee camp in Uganda, he devoted a lot of time to studying to achieve his dream: to win a scholarship to study aerospace engineering at a university. He did well on the final exams to get his high school diploma, with an…

Reflections from the DREEM Youth Advisory Committee: Being a Refugee Does Not Stop Someone to Think or to Work

Like many people I had a dream, and my dream was to become a successful diplomat. Thus, it was decided at my young age that I would study International Relations and Diplomacy in  university. I was extremely dedicated to my studies and spent eight hours a day at school without eating. Regrettably, after only one…

Reflections from the DREEM Youth Advisory Committee: The Exclusion of Refugees in the Job Market and Economic Sectors Harms their Health

Hello, my name is Christine Achot Dior. I am a South Sudanese urban refugee living in Nairobi, Kenya. Before moving to Nairobi, I  previously lived in Kakuma Refugee Camp for a good number of years.  I have worked voluntarily for the refugees both at the The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the…
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Reflections from the DREEM Youth Advisory Committee: Our Challenges Need a Solution

My name is Racheal Athiak Makuei, and I am a law graduate and an alumnus of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. I am a refugee youth living at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Turkana County, in Kenya. I was born and raised in Kakuma and completed both my primary and secondary education in the camp.…

Reflections from the DREEM Youth Advisory Committee: It’s Now Our Time

When you wake up every day from a good night’s sleep in that cozy bed, have a decent job and pizza is not just a diagram in your head but a regular meal, this is what we would generally perceive as a decent life. In the midst of the imagination of everyone’s efforts to make…

Introducing DREEM

The Displaced and Refugee Youth Enabling Economic Mechanism project – or DREEM – is an exciting partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and WUSC in East Africa that is working to facilitate an enabling environment for the inclusion of refugee and displaced youth, especially young women, to fully participate in society. Through building more inclusive institutions…

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