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Book Launch | Lancement du livre- Right Where We Belong
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In Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp, education is out of reach for many children; only about half of whom are enrolled in school. To address this gap in refugee education, refugee communities are themselves stepping up to take the lead. Refugee learners and educators are shaping their own educational journeys by developing and implementing innovative local solutions designed to improve the educational experience of children in Dadaab. These innovative solutions are the subject of a new book by Harvard Professor, Sarah Dryden-Peterson Right Where We Belong: How Refugee Teachers and Students Are Changing the Future of Education. Drawing on more than 600 interviews in twenty-three countries, Dryden-Peterson shows how teachers and students are experimenting with flexible forms of learning.

This World Teachers Day, join Sarah along with the refugee teachers and students who are changing the future of education in Dadaab for a virtual panel discussion where we will discuss important lessons from the groundbreaking work that refugee teachers and learners are undertaking to deliver inclusive education for all.

En cette Journée mondiale des enseignantes et des enseignants, joignez-vous à nous pour une discussion virtuelle où nous parlerons du travail qu’accomplissent les pédagogues et les élèves réfugiés.

Au camp de personnes réfugiées de Dadaab, au Kenya, l'éducation est hors de portée pour bon nombre d’enfants, dont seulement la moitié environ est inscrite à l’école. Pour combler cette lacune dans l’éducation des jeunes personnes réfugiées, les communautés concernées montent elles-mêmes au créneau. Les pédagogues et les élèves réfugiés prennent leur parcours scolaire en main en élaborant et en mettant en œuvre des solutions locales innovantes destinées à améliorer l’expérience éducative des enfants de Dadaab. Ces solutions innovantes sont d’ailleurs le sujet du nouveau livre de Sarah Dryden-Peterson, professeure à Harvard : Right Where We Belong.

Oct 5, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sarah Dryden-Peterson
Associate Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
Sarah Dryden-Peterson leads a research program that focuses on the connections between education and community development, specifically the role that education plays in building peaceful and participatory societies. In her field-based research globally, in her teaching, and in her role as founder and director of Refugee REACH, she examines what it would take for all children to access quality education, be part of welcoming communities, and contribute to building peaceful futures. Her research connects practice, policy, and scholarship and is strengthened through sustained collaborations with communities, NGOs, governments, and UN agencies, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries particularly those that are conflict-affected. Raised in Toronto, Canada, Dryden-Peterson taught primary and middle school in Madagascar, South Africa, and the United States.­ ***
Gorad Muhumed
Student at the University of Guelph, Major in International Development and Minor Project Management
Born in eastern Ethiopia, but forced to flee to Kenya due to political unrest, Gorad grew up in the Dadaab refugee camp where he completed primary school before moving to Nairobi. Looking to give back to his community, he returned to Dadaab to volunteer as a tutor, helping high school students with English and Math. He also volunteered with UNHCR as an interpreter and for the Kenya Equity in Education Program (KEEP), which supports girls with remedial classes. Growing up, he was inspired by other young people in the refugee camp to pursue education opportunities and in 2018, he was accepted by the Student Refugee Program to begin his studies at the University of Guelph. Inspired to share his own experience, he joined his university’s Local Committee to help welcome new refugee students on campus. Continuing to follow his passion for education, Gorad recently completed an internship with World Education Services as a Project Manager Assistant.
Suleika Abdi Ibrahim
Teacher, Hagadera Secondary School
Suleika Abdi Ibrahim is a teacher based in Hagadera, Dadaab. Born in Somalia, she has been living in Dadaab since 2010 where she completed both her primary and secondary education. Suleika has been working as a teacher since 2021, teaching Chemistry and Biology at Hagadera Secondary School. As a teacher, she is dedicated to drawing on her own experiences to support her students and set them up for success. Passionate about supporting access to education, she has played an important role in her community, conducting research and outreach to identify challenges and barriers to education for children in the community in order to contribute to program improvements and help find solutions to promote change. She also plays an active role in her community by advocating for better access to quality education and by guiding and encouraging young girls and boys to attend school.
Sarah Lajoie Flyng
Program Manager and Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor at WUSC (Event Moderator)
Sarah Lajoie Flyng is a gender and international development professional working as a Program Manager and Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor at WUSC. In her role, she is supporting several initiatives, including a project to promote learning for vulnerable girls affected by conflict in Mali. With an academic background in international development, African studies, and gender equality, she has previously worked at UNFPA, Oxfam, bilateral development agencies as well as other NGOs. Currently based in Burkina Faso, Sarah has 12 years of experience working, living, and studying in West Africa. Throughout her career, she has worked on gender justice, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights, economic empowerment, education, population dynamics, and more, with regional partners, national partners, local women’s rights organizations, and associations.