It was very exciting to me to offer a course in Social Psychology to refugees as a founding program for RESPECT University. We were fortunate to find an excellent textbook available free on the internet.
The course has two parts. The students are reading the textbook two chapters at a time and responding to thought provoking questions related to the readings. At the same time, the students are responding to questions by applying social psychological concepts to their own lives. The biggest problem has been the time delay. Everything takes place by mail. Tom Fred Obonyo has been most helpful and supportive by being the contact and activist for the course. A few months ago, I received eight responses to an introductory assignment. Tom Fred is currently working to facilitate responses to this round of correspondence. My understanding is that the military situation in Uganda may have caused Tom Fred and the students some additional hardship.
I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this pioneering correspondence university program. If all goes well, RESPECT could establish a methodology and model for other refugee programs.