JWL started out by offering short-term classroom based Community Service Learning Courses (CSLC) of 3-6 months’ length to train students in a whole range of skills. All courses are developed in collaboration with university faculties to reflect tertiary level quality. JWL will work with partnering universities to develop professional and vocational curriculum that will award certificates based on the UNESCO standard of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). JWL started in 2017 to develop Certified Professional Programs lasting one year and the new courses will be taught online with classroom components.
I am Innocent Havyarimana. I am a Burundian and have been living in this camp, K3 Zn3 Bl6 since July 2013. In Burundi, I participated in many types of businesses such as shop keeping, transportation, and small business loans. I was not successful in many of these industries because I did not have the proper business skills to succeed. I decided to join Jesuit Worldwide Learning’s Community Based Development certificate class in 2016 with the hopes of gaining more knowledge on how to manage a business efficiently. At the time I was operating a detergents production company (liquid soaps, bar soap, disinfectant, hair shampoo and softener soap). Before joining the class, I did not know how to market, calculate the benefit, how to cooperate with other businesses and community members, and where to operate my business.
After completing the CBD class, I am now able to utilize marketing, evaluate my business’ progress, engage with other local businesses in my community, choose the profitable locations to operate and write a successful business proposal. Since the class, my detergent production company has been going well. My customers have positive reviews of my product and I have seen improved economic benefit compared to where the business was before the course. Additionally, I have also opened a youth training center at K 3 Zn 3 Bl6, where I integrate my business into the community by training youth on how to start a business, and produce detergents.
I am a refugee currently residing in Kakuma Refugee Camp. When I arrived in Kakuma, I was lucky to find work with the Lutheran World Federation’s Education Department as an incentive teacher. LWF runs 21 primary schools within the camp. During my teaching, I learned of the Primary Teacher Education certification course offered by Jesuit Worldwide Learning. I joined the six-month course in 2015 and learned about different teaching methodologies and classroom management skills. The course widened my skill set and improved my approach to my profession. Personally, I gained a variety of skills:
After the course, I was promoted to head teacher of my school: Lokitaung Primary School in Kakuma 3. The school has a total population of 5000 pupils.I use the skills I gained from the PTE CSLT to handle and manage the many different types of learners and non-teaching staff.
Disability services at Dzaleka Refugee Camp are limited, but Jesuit Worldwide Learning alumnus Fidel Musiri is working to fill the gap. In 2011, Fidel was one of the first community members to graduate with a certificate from JWL Dzaleka. After graduating from the eight-month Community Service Learning Professional Certificate Program in Special Needs, Fidel founded the Umoja People with Disabilities Project and the Respite Care Center, two organizations working toward the betterment of lives for people with disabilities in Dzaleka and its surrounding villages.
Fidel, living with a disability himself, first signed up for the class because he wanted to learn how to eliminate disability discrimination in his community. “We are marginalized in the camp because people don’t understand that we are capable equals,” explains Fidel. Fidel’s classmates, most of whom were parents of children with disabilities, had similar ambitions – to make Dzaleka a more welcoming place for people from all walks of life.
Among other topics, the Special Needs Professional Certificate Program focused heavily on the rights of people with disabilities, and how to communicate the needs of people with disabilities to the greater community. After graduating, Fidel embarked on a campaign to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. “My knowledge is certified now. Community members and Implementing Partners take me seriously because of my certificate from JWL,” explains Fidel. With his certificate in hand, Fidel formed Umoja and set out to break down barriers and open doors for people with disabilities.