Sixty-four Dadaab students graduate from York University

We’re delighted to announce the graduation of our second cohort of 64 students in Dadaab from York University’s Certificate in Educational Studies under the BHER project.  York has posted the story to Y-file; visit the link to read more.
Though these students never set foot in Canada, their names appeared in the university’s convocation ceremony alongside their Canadian classmates, as did the program’s 59 Dadaab students in 2015. Many of our York graduates hope to continue their studies under BHER next year, transferring their York credits forward into the Diploma in Teacher Education – Primary offered by Kenyatta University.

Introducing Hawa and HaEun

Hawa Sabriye and HaEun Kim are teachers currently completing their Masters of Education at York University in Toronto, Canada.  This April, they are spending four weeks in Dadaab acting as teaching assistants for York courses offered under the BHER project. They will be blogging here about their experiences in Dadaab.

Hawa and HaEun write: We have a passion for education and investigating barriers that prevent access to higher learning—both in urban contexts such as inner-city Toronto as well as settings considered to be ‘education in emergencies.’ Our research is embedded in forced migration and refugee studies from an educational context. The purpose of this blog is to share our reflections, learnings, and future goals related to our work and experience in Dadaab, Kenya, supporting students enrolled in York University’s Borderless Higher Education for Refugees Teaching Certificate Program.


Hawa Sabriye (left) and HaEun Kim (right) at Wilson Airport in Nairobi, waiting to board the World Food Program flight to Dadaab.