Afghanistan

Herat

Community Learning Center

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Afghanistan

Herat Gibrael

Community Learning Center

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Afghanistan

Bamyan

Community Learning Center

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Chad

Guéréda

Community Learning Center

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Chad

Goz Beïda

Community Learning Center

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Jordan

Amman

Community Learning Center

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northern Iraq

Khanke Camp

Community Learning Center

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northern Iraq

Erbil

Community Learning Center

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northern Iraq

Domiz

Community Learning Center

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Kenya

Kakuma

Community Learning Center

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Malawi

Dzaleka

Community Learning Center

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Myanmar

Taunggyi

Community Learning Center

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USA

Brooklyn, NY

Community Learning Center

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Sri Lanka

Mannar

Community Learning Center

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Sri Lanka

Vavuniya

Community Learning Center

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Sri Lanka

Hatton

Community Learning Center

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India

Madurai

Community Learning Center

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Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou

Center for Child Protection

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Ghana

Sunyani

Center for Child Protection

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Ghana

Tamale

Center for Child Protection

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Ivory Coast

Abidjan

Center for Child Protection

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Kenya

Nairobi

Center for Child Protection

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Kenya

Malindi

Center for Child Protection

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Togo

Lomé

Center for Child Protection

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India

Begumpet

Center for Child Protection

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India

Pune

Center for Child Protection

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Mexico

Mexico City

Center for Child Protection

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Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo

Center for Child Protection

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Canada

Ottawa

Center for Child Protection

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Argentina

Buenos Aires

Center for Child Protection

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Argentina

Salta

Center for Child Protection

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Argentina

Córdoba

Center for Child Protection

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Argentina

Mendoza

Center for Child Protection

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Chile

Santiago de Chile

Center for Child Protection

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Ecuador

Quito

Center for Child Protection

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Uruguay

Montevideo

Center for Child Protection

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Germany

Munich

Center for Child Protection

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Italy

Florence

Center for Child Protection

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Italy

Rome

Center for Child Protection

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Italy

Castel Gandolfo

Center for Child Protection

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How we do it

JWL’s motto seeks to foster a community of global learners committed to “Learning Together to Transform the World”.  JWL’s cornerstones focus on four key concepts: global thinking, strategic partnerships, Ignatian experience and “best” for the “least” at moderate costs.

 

Our four cornerstones 

 

Humanity is evolving to ever greater global connectedness through mobility and the digital means of communication. News of events reach in few minutes each corner of the world. The process of globalization, as it is often referred to, makes the beauty, potential and rich diversity of human societies, cultures and religions obvious, but also the global economic, social and environmental divisions and gaps more tangible. The digital divide is a growing reality. 

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Collaboration, strategic partnerships and alliances are the essence of learning, reflecting and acting together. JWL forms a global alliance of Jesuit Universities and mission aligned Universities and academic institutions. These academically and culturally rich and diverse institutions are united under the main goal to serve people at the margins, sharing their resources with them and make higher education accessible to them.

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As an international Jesuit work, JWL is a continuation of the Ignatian heritage and of the distinctive tradition of Jesuit education. This means that St. Ignatius, with his charism and his Spiritual Exercises, inspires and gives shape to how JWL educates, in a way that seeks God in all things, promotes discernment and Magis, and engages the world through a careful analysis of context, in dialogue with experience, evaluated through reflection, for the sake of action, and with openness, always, to evaluation.  

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The best for the least, means the best education of high academic quality for poor communities and refugees at the margins and at moderate costs. This challenging contradiction JWL addresses. Best education is expensive, be it private or public. JWL partners with the best academic institutions to invite them to share their best knowledge and skilled faculties with learning communities at the margins.

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Our four characteristics

 

JWL uses a blended model of online learning which is student centered. IT, connectedness and online-learning are not driving the model but supporting the model of multiple levels of support and accompaniment of the student. Students in a refugee camp, a remote village or dispersed over a big city come together to form a cohort, to study together, to exchange and they are being supported and accompanied by an onsite tutor or coordinator of the learning community. 

Students are being formed into virtual classroom communities, not larger than 15 – 20 students from different countries and cultures. They form a global virtual community and become often friends.

JWL developed during the pilot a very successful model of community learning centers. However, the different contexts in which JWL students find themselves require a flexible and adaptable approach. In small refugee camp a community learning center with a JWL computer lab is the adequate solution, but another situation requires that each student gets a tablet with a key-board to be able to study at home. 

Some contexts allow to have large learning centres, in other circumstances it can be just better that students form a learning group in their homes as long they can stay connected. In other circumstances in case of mobility of a student or external repression it is proper that a student studies alone and stays connected with the learning community via internet.

Some students are working, some not, some can do two courses at a time others only one. JWL started to offer a more flexible approach to allow students their speed.

‘Think globally and act locally’ is applicable to JWL with some fundamental adjustment: ‘Think and act globally and locally’. JWL brings together of what a global organization can offer in terms of academic resources and that of a local organization, familiar with the complexity of the context, dealing with the government and political forces, connecting with local learning institutions. The collaboration between global and local partners is key and the recipe of success, even it causes some creative and helpful tensions. All are members of a global community of learners. 

The global / local way of doing things allows all partners to operate with lean structures and administrative expenses. Each partner contributes what they are best in. Physical infrastructure is best provided by the local partner. Costs are being shared on global and local level and are leveraged. 

JWL focus at the student within his/her community. The curriculum is transformative and forms leaders responsible and man and women for others, ready to serve. The student learns with students from other cultures and parts of the world and still remains in his/her own context. The transformative impact higher education has on a community is the ultimate criteria for success. 

The formation and transformation of the local community, the community of students at the learning centre and in the virtual classroom, of a community of worldwide learners is a key characteristic and criteria to measure the impact. 

 

Our Pathway of Learning

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