Expanding higher education opportunities for refugees and displaced personsListen /
The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR is to expand opportunities for refugees and other displaced persons to pursue higher education studies through on-line and on-site courses.
In partnership with the Jesuit Refugee service, more refugees in Jordan, Kenya and Malawi will be able to take university and other higher education courses.
The programme is also being expanded to Chad.
UNHCR says access to education is a priority for the agency in all countries in which it has operations, but only a small number of student refugees have access to higher education.
The partnership is exploring the possibility of offering distance learning courses in a variety of languages and also plans to develop relevant curricula to build capacities of refugees and host communities.
Currently, hundreds of displaced people in Jordan, Kenya and Malawi are enrolled in on-line higher education courses and diploma programmes with the Regis University in Denver USA, as well as certificate courses offered by other Jesuit universities.
Patrick Maigua United Nations Radio Geneva