16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Interview with Senior Gender and Safeguarding Officer Ian Mwangi  Everyone has the right to live free from violence. However, many people around the world continue to face violence every day because of their gender. Gender-based violence can happen at schools, in workplaces, in homes, and in communities. Globally, 1 in 3 women have or will…

International Volunteer Day

Since 1985, International Volunteer Day has been held every year on December 5th, a day founded to celebrate the contributions of volunteers to global development. Volunteers are at the heart of social change around the world, and this day honours their hard work, commitment and time that they dedicate to making the world a better…

WUSC International Volunteer Information Session: Spotlight on Ghana!

Volunteering internationally is an experience unlike any other. You are not only able to better the world by contributing your skills to development, but you are placed right at the heart of local communities where you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture while giving back in a meaningful way.  Since 1977,…

Webinar: Right Where We Belong Book Launch

Can you imagine a world where all young people have access to quality education? In refugee communities, teachers and students are working to make this a reality by transforming their education systems to promote a safe, inclusive, and protective environment for all. On World Teachers Day, WUSC hosted a virtual panel discussion with Sarah Dryden-Peterson,…
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Leading By Example: How One Young Woman’s Hope For The Future Is Inspiring Others To Not Give Up

By: Mercy Ndunge Mwanzia, Communications Liaison Officer, Kenya, WUSC The 11th of October is commemorated globally as a day to draw attention to the obstacles girls encounter while acknowledging their power to define their own futures. While there are many ways the global community can support girls to take back their power, one of the…

“You’re Going To Canada!” – The Words That Start A Journey For Student Refugee Program Students

Most people do not think of a refugee camp as a place to go for better education opportunities. But that is the reality for refugees around the world who are displaced by war, drought, famine, and poverty. Manyang Lual Jok has had a remarkable journey, from leaving his home in South Sudan as a refugee…

WUSC Welcomes Largest Cohort of Refugee Youth, Including Students from Afghanistan

Hot off the press! Our largest cohort of refugee students to date has arrived in Canada through the Student Refugee Program! Among them are a cohort of Afghan students arriving from Pakistan. For over 40 years, WUSC’s Student Refugee Program has provided life-changing opportunities for refugees to pursue their post-secondary studies at universities, colleges, and…

Decide to dream – the power of community and the Student Refugee Program

*This piece was written by guest blogger, Acha Divine Patandjila, who moved to Canada through the Student Refugee Program in December 2020. This past June she graduated from Humber College and was awarded the prestigious Board of Governors Award for her achievements. In this blog, she shares her inspiring journey with the Student Refugee Program…

Book Launch | Right Where We Belong

In the Dadaab refugee camp, education is out of reach for many children; only about half of whom are enrolled in school. For some students like the one featured in this video, getting to school is a challenge. It can take as long as an hour every day to reach school. Classrooms can be very…

Market Assessment of Digital Employment Opportunities for Refugee Youth

Young people are among those most disproportionately affected by displacement, with those under the age of 35 accounting for just over half of the global refugee population. Whether in camps or urban settings, refugee youth face challenges gaining access to employment; from legal constraints regarding the right to work or freedom of movement, to stiff competition…

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