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"A Human Right"
One of those displaced by the conflict is Mostapha
Ramadan, who was in his first year studying computer science at Damascus University when he fled Syria in 2013.
He headed to Lebanon, and then on to Jordan and Egypt,
before winding up in Istanbul, Turkey, where in 2014
he enrolled in the online University of the People. The
accredited California-based university is tuition free.
"I love computer science so much. My dad bought me
a computer when I was about 10 years old and taught me
how to use it and how to fix its problems, so I grew up in
love with computers," says Ramadan, who hopes to ultimately turn his love for computers into a career working as
an information technology manager at a major corporation.
Despite being displaced from his homeland, the
26-year-old believes, "it's a human right to be educated." He
sees education as the key to landing a good job, being able
to provide for the family he dreams of having one day, and
as an asset when ultimately helping to rebuild his country.
Syria is by no means the only country torn apart by war
and internal conflict. More than 65 million people around
the world have been displaced, and 21 million are classified as refugees, according to the latest figures available
from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR). Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia together account
for more than half of the world's refugee population.
Without higher education, "where are you going to
train the next generation of teachers, of medical doctors,
and create people with critical reasoning skills?" asks Keith
David Watenpaugh, director of the human rights studies
program at the University of California-Davis.
Tertiary education is also "one of the most important tools" when it comes time to rebuild a country, says
Watenpaugh, who has lived and conducted research in Syria
and other countries in the Middle East. Education also can
help prevent the radicalization of young people, curtail early
marriage, and prevent involvement in organized crime.
Along with benefiting societies, education also serves
to empower those who have been forcibly displaced, says
Rosemarie Hunter, an associate professor in the College of
Social Work at The University of Utah. For a refugee, "any
power and control has been removed," Hunter says. "Being
able to participate in education brings that back."

Empowerment Through Education
One way the University of Utah has fostered that empowerment is through the creation of a case management
certificate program in social work. The program launched
in Salt Lake City in 2012, primarily providing training to
members of the city's immigrant and refugee populations.
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Utah has welcomed more than 60,000 refugees, and
more than 100 languages are spoken in schools in the
Salt Lake City area, Hunter says. Schools and social service agencies hire people who are bilingual to help work
with these populations, but those employees often lack
case management skills.
To help fill that gap, the university launched the certificate program, and about 25 people graduate from the
noncredit course each year. Many participants have come
from Afghanistan and Iraq. Participants take three hours
of classes each week for nine months to earn the certification. Some who have completed the program have gone on
to study at local community colleges or at the university,
and some organizations have made it a requirement that
employees complete the certificate program.
The university expanded its case management certificate program, making it available online to refugees
in camps in Kenya and Malawi through a partnership
with Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the
Margins, which provides higher education to those who
otherwise wouldn't have such access.
The first class from the refugee camps graduated in the
fall of 2015. One of those graduates is Theogene Baravura,
a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who was
residing in the Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi. He first
earned a diploma in education from Regis University in
Denver through Jesuit Worldwide Learning, and then
received the case management certificate from The
University of Utah.
He worked as academic director of the Jesuit
Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins
program at the refugee camp, helping to facilitate the
education of fellow refugees and "helped faculty understand the reality on the ground."
As he earned the case management certificate, he
learned "how the individual and community and society
are interconnected." Baravura moved to Phoenix in July,
where he works as a volunteer assisting teachers at a
Jesuit high school.
Abdulkhaliq Mohamed, an instructor in The
University of Utah's case management program, helps
illustrate the opportunities education can open up for
refugees. Mohamed, who is a refugee from Somalia, lived
in Ethiopia and Kenya before arriving in the United States
at the age of 14.
He began working in 2006 at the University
Neighborhood Partners program, which is designed to
increase community civic engagement, particularly in
low-income, mostly minority neighborhoods.
Since that time, he's graduated from Salt Lake



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From the Editor
In Brief
Global Spotlight Cuba
Insights
Voices
Feature: Lay of the Land: What Now?
Feature: Finding Common Ground through Art Therapy
Feature: Empowering Refugees Through Education
Campus Profile: New York Institute of Technology
Campus Snapshot: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
Partnering
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - From the Editor
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - 7
International Educator - March/April 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Global Spotlight Cuba
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Insights
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 11
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Voices
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - Feature: Lay of the Land: What Now?
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