Online Course at Borderless Higher Education for Refugees
The Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project aims to make educational programs available where refugees need them. In the global south there are currently some 15.2 million people caught in refugee situations, often for ten years or more as an outcome of war, human rights violations, and/or persecution in their home countries. Attending university or accessing other tertiary degree programs has been almost impossible. Young women face additional barriers to pursuing an education. To redress this situation our aim is to provide gender equitable teacher training programs to working, untrained teachers who can then contribute back to the community, increasing and improving education in the camps overall. Academic programs of universities affiliated with BHER are offered to students organized in to “cohorts”, each of which accommodates up to 200 students and lasts 4-5 years. Current funding covers two cohorts; one to begin in 2013 and one in 2014. Each cohort will initially enroll in a university preparation program called the Increased access and Skills for Tertiary Education Program (InSTEP). Its purpose is to prepare prospective students for university education through courses in English Language for Academic Purposes, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Research Skills. Successful students will receive a non-credit Certificate. Students who elect to proceed with their studies after completing InSTEP will be eligible apply to a Certificate or Diploma in Education, pursuing either a primary or secondary education stream. Graduates from these Certificate and Diploma programs may then apply to a Bachelor degree program offered by one or more of the BHER consortium universities, with their Education credits counted towards the requirements of the degree.