Eric Shalom (2008-2009) MA, Univ. of Ottawa

Major Research Paper (MRP): Current Conceptualizations of Emergency Education in Academic and Policy Literature: A Case Study of Dadaab. (Sept. 2008 – Dec. 2009)

Eric conducted his fieldwork while taking part in the annual Kenya Field Research course, hosted by Kenyatta University (May 2009).

The right to education has been enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, among others. Education is also an enabling right, therefore a gateway which allows individuals the ability to access more of their rights. This right to education is rendered more difficult ironically more essential for the refugee youth across our global communities. Eric’s research looked at how NGOs conceptualized emergency education for youth (post-primary education) in literature and how it was implemented in Dadaab refugee camp in North-eastern Kenya. Consistent with the literature, NGOs devoted more resources to primary education as opposed to post-primary institutions. In order to make up for this gap in adequate resources for their youth, the refugee community funded the construction of six secondary schools.

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