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Fr. Peter Balleis S.J. and JWL are highlighted in the German Jesuit Mission news letter

Refugees and disadvantaged learn together worldwide (Translated from German)   Access to university education for refugees and disadvantaged world-wide enables a new digital education program of the Jesuits in Switzerland, Germany and Austria with a European regional office in Munich. “Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins” (JWL) provides refugees and disadvantaged people with … Continue reading Fr. Peter Balleis S.J. and JWL are highlighted in the German Jesuit Mission news letter

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JWL Finalist for Prestigious Opus Prize

Peter Balleis S.J., Executive President of Jesuit Worldwide Learning, is among the 3 finalists eligible to receive the prestigious 2016 Opus Prize. Fr. Balleis was selected for his work with Jesuit Worldwide Learning (formerly JC:HEM)  providing tertiary education to marginalized communities. Through education, displaced and disenfranchised individuals and communities can experience a renewed sense of … Continue reading JWL Finalist for Prestigious Opus Prize

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“Jesuit Worldwide Learning” in Geneva focuses on global learning groups

Geneva, 27. September 2016 ‒ The Jesuits in Switzerland, Germany and Austria have together started a digital training program for disadvantaged people and refugees. Established in Geneva under the name “Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL)”, the organization was presented to the public as a global provider of online tertiary education by Father Christian Rutishauser SJ, Swiss … Continue reading “Jesuit Worldwide Learning” in Geneva focuses on global learning groups

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JC:HEM Student Comes to America to Begin Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Greetings from the University of Illinois. I landed in US a week ago to embark on my Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.  https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/ I am privileged to be one of 1000 fellows selected from a pool of 400,000 of young successful African youth, for their established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and … Continue reading JC:HEM Student Comes to America to Begin Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

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JC:HEM 2015 Annual Report

In many ways 2015 is a year of coming of age for JC:HEM. Numerous presentations were given at Universities and conferences, and the world-wide presence of JC:HEM increased with presentations invited at Voices of Faith at the Vatican, at the world-wide Jesuit higher education conference held in Melbourne, Australia, and at UNHCR sponsored meetings. The … Continue reading JC:HEM 2015 Annual Report

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Sri Lanka: online education helps youth overcome obstacles and focus on brighter futures

(Washington, D.C.) April 26, 2016 — While Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war ended seven years ago, educational opportunities remain a lingering and devastating casualty. But thanks to a Jesuit Refugee Service sponsored program in the island nation’s war-torn north, youth in the region now have greater access to quality tertiary level education. The Loyola Campus, … Continue reading Sri Lanka: online education helps youth overcome obstacles and focus on brighter futures

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Malawi: A Refugee Dance Group Place Second in the National Kajive Dance Competition in Blantyre

Dzaleka, 8 March 2016 – Farini Wasamba Fredy is originally from North Kivu, Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). His life was under threat and so he left his home country as he was being persecuted as a human rights activist. Two years after being enrolled at JRS-JC:HEM – Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) along … Continue reading Malawi: A Refugee Dance Group Place Second in the National Kajive Dance Competition in Blantyre

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JC:HEM Holds Live Webinar

A live webinar was held on February 24, 2016. JC:HEM executives discussed the past, present and future of the organization. The webinar also carried forward important themes of social justice from Melbourne 2015’s “Expanding the Jesuit Higher Education Network: Collaborations for Social Justice”. Discussions focused on core ideals of sustainability, transferability, and scalability and how … Continue reading JC:HEM Holds Live Webinar

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JC:HEM Graduates First Cohort of Diploma Students

23 and 26 September 2013. Kakuma and Dzaleka. JC:HEM Diploma students have graduated at ceremonies held in Dzaleka and Kakuma refugee camps in Malawi and Kenya. In all, 53 students received their Diplomas from Dr. Patricia Ladewig, Provost of Regis University amidst scenes of joyful celebration.

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Diploma Graduations – A Personal Reflection

As Site Coordinator for Dzaleka, Malawi, I found myself in the fortunate position of being one of the handful of people who witnessed both of the inaugural graduations from the JC:HEM Diploma programme. The events took place in distinctly contrasting environments and styles, emphasising the different contexts in which JC:HEM works, but at the same time there were commonalities, not least in the pride and the fellowship of the graduating students.

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‘I am now Confident!’

Saturday 2nd, 2013. Almost one month after the first Diploma Cohort graduated, Kakuma celebrated the graduation of the first group of Primary Teacher Education CSLT students. This ceremony marked the end of a journey that started six months ago.

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Extra-curricular activities

12 December 2013. Since the JC:HEM program began at Dzaleka, students have been dedicated to their studies: spending days on computers doing research, working on assignments and engaging in other academic duties. The idea of creating an Extra-curricular activities department came about in June 2012 in order to give students a chance to take breaks, form new friendships and find new ways to work together.

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CSLT students acclaimed for practical work

30th October 2013 was a big day for JC: HEM in Dzaleka, particularly for the alumni from the Performing Arts CSLT, and the French language Business and Entrepreneurship and Community Health CSLTs. From 13:30 to 15:30 in the Community Center, a new building in Dzaleka, the graduation for the practical phase of their Tracks was held.

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May Peace Reign in South Sudan and Africa – A Reflection of the Living Conditions of Refugees South Sudan in Kakuma

When I came to Kakuma refugee, I felt like I had suffered more than anyone else. However, seeing the reality of life among the many other refugees – women and children, the elderly, those who now live with disabilities due to war – has made me think twice. This story is about the newly arriving refugees and how their lives have become after war. These refugees are suffering innocently while those who started the war sit back and watch their names on the nightly news. A petty struggle for political power that has displaced about 800,000 and caused the death of up to 10,000 people makes me wonder where the African Ubuntu culture – I am because we are! – has disappeared. Where is the humaneness, caring, sharing, and harmony that we inherited from our ancestors?

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CSLTs: Selected Success Stories from Dzaleka

In Dzaleka, it is sometimes easy to lose hope. Before the JC:HEM program arrived in Dzaleka, people only dreamed of achieving higher education, and these dreams were halted due to lack of money and inability to travel outside of the camp. As one of its programs, JC: HEM offers the Community Service Learning Tracks (CSLT). These are designed to be relevant to problems that the camp community is facing. Thanks to these programs, Dzaleka, now has more people with the ability to resolve problems independently of outside organizations.

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R.I.P. Jean-Claude

Dzaleka Site Coordinator, Tom Schrieber, writes a short tribute to the memory one of the first graduates of the JC:HEM Diploma programme, an amazing character with a deep passion for education.

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Higher Education at the Margins charts future course

(Denver) March 13, 2012 — The first international Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins Think Tank at Regis University came to a rousing conclusion March 8 with a final round of spirited discussions, poignant presentations and the promise of recommendations that will guide the organization’s future in bring Jesuit higher education to those at the margins of our society.

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International Director Message

Saying good-bye to 2013 is filled with incredible memories of students, faculty, staff, and the many companions who in partnership form JC:HEM. Year-end also brings an acute awareness from places in the world that to welcome in a new year is a gift denied many. For JC:HEM 2014 brings high hopes and dreams for what access to higher education can do.

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JC:HEM Appoints Karen Cordova as Alumni Association Coordinator.

JC:HEM has appointed Karen Cordova as its Alumni Association Coordinator. The role will support more than 700 people who have completed one of JC:HEM’s Community Service Learning Tracks or Diploma awards. Its focus will be the provision of support and advice on opportunities for future study and the promotion of alumni activities and ventures across JC:HEM’s seven current learning sites.

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Changing Cultures

One CSLT alumnus’ mission to change perceptions of refugees through art and culture In person, Tresor Nzengu Mpauni is quite softly spoken, but supremely affable. This good-natured, jovial manner is probably the first thing to break down people’s preconceptions of the kind of person Tresor, as a refugee, might be. But he doesn’t stop there.

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JC:HEM Opens new Site in Herat, Afghanistan

In partnership with JRS Afghanistan, Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM), offers an intensive English as Foreign Language (EFFL) course to a select group of 55 students – 30 girls and 25 boys, at Herat Technical Institute, Herat, Afghanistan, from November 2013 to February 2014.

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JC: HEM commences in Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son, 20 September 2013 – After much hard work and anticipation, the first course of the JC: HEM programme in Mae Hong Son (MHS) started at Camp 1 on 20 September 2013.

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JC:HEM Curriculum Oversight and Steering Committee Agrees Framework for JC:HEM Curriculum Transformation

From 2010 to 2014 JC:HEM had the opportunity to learn, everyday, what works and what doesn’t work to bring high-quality low-cost higher education to the margins. In the area of curriculum there were many examples of exceptional courses, and of courses that didn’t work. JC:HEM now moves into the next phase of operation with funding from a generous donor, and begins to engage in a process of curriculum transformation based on the lesson learned from the pilot.

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JC:HEM 2014 Final Report Executive Summary

In a recent discussion, I was asked a question that I am often asked, “Why educate refugees if they cannot work?” The question makes us go to the core of why educate anyone, what is the purpose of higher education? Because the question is asked so often we included it in the Bridge to Learning course for the students, many of whom are refugees, to answer with us.

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