ISSN 1710-6931 January 26, 2007 Issue 91
FEATURE ARTICLES

RESPECT University:
A Tutor's Perspective

Elizabeth Radziszewski offered to conduct a course through RESPECT University since she believed that it was one way to do something good for those who lack the educational opportunities she was fortunate to have. While perusing a PhD in Political Science from the University of Illinois, she set aside time to teach the high school graduates in Uganda on Democracy and Its Principles through correspondence. Here she shares her experience about her students, their capabilities and her views about RESPECT University.

Ashok: Have the students been able to come up to your expectations?

Elizabeth: Most of the time, yes. I was nicely surprised that most students had good ideas when it came to writing their first assignment. Although a lot of the ideas need polishing, they still demonstrate that students are capable of learning and improving. My only concern was with three students who apparently provided the same answers to the assignment, and thus did not complete the assignment independently as expected. RESPECT University


RESPECT Laine Overcomes Letter Exchange Challenges

The RESPECT Letter Exchange Programme at the Laine Refugee School in Guinea has had a lot of problems to contend with since its establishment around the beginning of October 2003. These include problems ranging from lack of frequent communications with our N'Zerekore, Guinea, counterparts to unavailability of funds to bridge gaps of transportation and postage, among others.

However, the programme has continued to gain momentum beyond anyone's expectation. The reason being that many refugee students felt their involvement in a letter exchange programme will keep them in touch with others and also, very importantly, the fact that the relationship may yield some good things some days. RESPECT Laine


Pens Put To Work In Tanzania

RESPECT: Ms. Kay Adoshima, first thank you for your thoughtful gift to the refugee school in Nyarugusu, Tanzania. Tell us something about you.

Kay: While in university and after I graduated, I volunteered and worked with various international aid/development organizations. I am now 26 years old and currently applying to medical school. My dream is to work on a medical team of an international humanitarian aid organization. I spent many years living in various countries in Africa, Asia and Europe as a child. From experiences where I saw many children living impoverished lives, I realized that life as they knew it was a far cry from many of the things I took for granted. I grew up feeling very strongly that for all the blessings and opportunities that I have had in my life, it was my duty to give back what I could to those who were less fortunate. Pens Put To Work

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RESPECT volunteers Devon Doherty and Anna Geueke completed research work on the voluntary repatriation being undertaken in Ghana for Liberian Refugees. The repatriation is under the supervision of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

AFFILIATES

Managing Refugees in Egypt

Egypt is a country of great importance and stability in Northern Africa, which makes it a target for many refugees fleeing civil wars or prosecutions in Africa and the Middle East. Yet, Egypt is not a country geared towards settlers, though it has signed the Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

Getting a refugee card

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been given authority by the Egyptian State to handle refugee registration and issue ID cards. The first step for the refugee is to get registered in the UNHCR, where a file will be opened for each individual. The procedure is somewhat simple, as it involves completing a form and having an interview that aims mainly to verify the data and statements provided by the refugee. This will give the refugee the right to a Yellow Card, a temporary card like a passport that includes his name, age, marital status, temporary address, etc.

In the meantime, the refugee has the time to prepare his case with or without the aid of a legal representative. This involves filling another form that gives his case in details: the reason why he had left his country and is afraid to go back.

The second interview includes extensive research and more in-depth questions. The refugee is entitled to an interpreter and a lawyer during that interview. The lawyer's influence in the session is somewhat limited but can be very helpful. If the case is accepted, the refugee will get a Blue Card and his status will be decided. Refugees in Egypt

RESPECT Volunteers Study Repatriation of Refugees

Two RESPECT volunteers, Devon Doherty and Anna Geueke, completed research work to determine the general climate surrounding the voluntary repatriation exercise being undertaken by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ghana for Liberian Refugees.

This exercise is being undertaken as a result of the turning point in the Liberia's turbulent history with the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as President in November 2005.

In an address Her Excellency Johnson-Sirleaf vowed to close the dark chapter of conflict and rebuild the country by creating jobs, helping farmers to return to their land and restoring an infrastructure gutted by the war.

The study which focused mainly on the youth of the Buduburam Refugee Camp was mainly exploratory in nature lasting for a period of about three weeks. Interviews were conducted through the use of questionnaires and group discussions with refugees living on the camp on an array of issues. Repatriation of Refugees

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