Navigating COVID-19 and Education in the Dadaab Refugee Camps
Panelists: Alan Mwika (UNHCR) George Omondi (Lutheran World Federation), Norah Kariba (Windle International Kenya), Esther Munene (Windle International Kenya), Abdikadir Bare Abikar (BHER) Discussant: Dr. Rachel Silver (York University)
York University’s Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project, Faculty of Education, and Centre for Refugee Studies present a monthly virtual colloquium series on the intersections of refugee education, anti-Black racism, and COVID-19 in Canada and East Africa.
Through a series of talks, film, and an open-mic event, experts will consider the unique challenges that the twinned pandemics pose to refugee communities and educators in Canada and/or East Africa; highlight the unique knowledge that refugee communities and the educators who work with them bring to learning in situations of constraint; and offer new lenses to make meaning of our current moment.
This colloquium is the first of its kind to feature experts from York University and from institutions that are comprised of or work with refugees in equal measure. Together, this series will: (1) deepen connections among refugee communities, educational leaders, and scholars within and across institutions; (2) foster a sense of reciprocity in learning; (3) recognize and validate the unique expertise that refugee communities bring to time- or resource-constrained situations; and (4) educate all attendees on a range of topics relevant to refugee education, COVID-19, and anti-Black racism.
The colloquium series will be held monthly throughout the academic year at 10:00 AM EDT/5:00 PM EAT.