ISSN 1710-6931 April 4, 2008 Issue 122

Mohomou Refugee School Linked To The Internet

Omar Kaba, a student of the RESPECT International vocational school in Guinea, is happy and thankful for the new computer centre at the Mohomou Community Refugee School. He is glad that he and his other classmates can now reply to letters from their friends far more easily.

At the moment, three out of the eight computers at the centre have internet connections. Alex Adjei, the director of the school, has worked hard to set up the computer centre and get internet connections to them. Refugee School

Letter Exchange And Long Distance Education In Uganda

In January of 2008, two RESPECT International volunteers, David Marino and Lauren Garrity, from New York, USA began volunteering in Uganda for the Global Pen-Pal Exchange Program and the Distance Learning Program for RESPECT University in Uganda.

These programs, headed by Obonyo Tom Fred, RESPECT Uganda and ACDA's (Agoro Community Development Association) coordinator, are intended to educate the local students in vocational studies, provide outreach opportunities. Letter Exchange

RESPECT Educational Program in Sierra Leone

In November 2007, Lindsay Mossman, a volunteer with RESPECT International, visited Sierra Leone where she took notes on the educational situation, as well as pictures which put into focus the students and life in the Taiama Refugee Camp in the Moyamba District. Educational Program


Lindsay with students and instructors

Lindsay Mossman with students and instructors at the Taiama Refugee Camp in Sierra Leone.


UNESCO Offers Learning Resources On The Web

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has provided a great opportunity for refugee communities to access and share their own knowledge through the internet. All available for free.

This has been enabled through the communication and information sector of UNESCO which has developed an open training platform to build capacities of local people and specialized communities, including trainers, educators, decision makers, entrepreneurs, farmers and scientists.

More than 2,000 training resources in 21 development-related categories such as agriculture, community development, information technology, culture and education are available either directly or via referred websites.

Many of the resources, available in English and some in French, are adapted to the African economic context and natural environment. A few courses are written in local languages as well as other European and Asiatic languages.

The authors are from international non-profit organizations or agencies and the content reliability is assured by the rating and updating system by users. Trainers can add their own training or update existing contents. Users are invited to rate each resource.

In the education category for example, you can find A Parrot on Your Shoulder: A Guide for People Starting to Work with Orphans and Vulnerable Children that would be specifically useful to refugee teachers of HIV/AIDS orphans. Learning Resources

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