University Camilo José Cela, through its Foundation, today signed a collaboration agreement with the Women for Africa Foundation, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-UNHCR (both in Spain and in Kenya). With this collaboration agreement, UCJC will offer, starting next year, teacher training to three refugees in educational innovation and so they can work as teachers in the Refugee Camp schools of Kakuma, Kenya.
This agreement, signed precisely during Refugee Week, has been signed by Mª Teresa Fernández de la Vega, president of Fundación Mujeres por África, and Nieves Segovia, president of SEK Education Group. The signing of the collaboration agreement took place at the Almagro building of University Camilo José Cela.
“With this agreement you are becoming the university for refugees, in a cosmopolitan sense, of becoming a refuge to overcome all the difficulties of cities that multiplied by a thousand their people’s potential,” said Fernández de la Vega. As for future scholars that spend each year at University Camilo José Cela, she has assured that “This initiative is going to have a lot of impact on people’s lives. It aims to help those children and young people who have not known another world, to support the teachers, who work in 21 primary and 5 high school classrooms for hundreds of children. “
“We want teachers for Africa,” said Nieves Segovia. “According to UNESCO, by 2050 it will be necessary to train more than 70 million teachers worldwide. We need teachers, not necessarily staying true to what they have been doing until now. It is necessary to generate vocations, to give this profession greater recognition.”
The Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya hosts the largest number of unaccompanied children in the world. It is home to 162,000 people from eight nationalities, although they come mostly from South Sudan and Somalia, but also from Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. Among them, there are about 14,000 minors, alone or with relatives, but without parents.
With this agreement, University Camilo José Cela will grant, starting next year, three full scholarships for training, transfer, lodging and maintenance for the candidates who work as primary and secondary teachers in the schools of the refugee camp. The current challenge in Kakuma is to increase the enrolment rate in secondary education, which is now only 2%.
The initiative is part of the social innovation and development action launched by Foundation University Camilo José Cela, aware of the importance of training young generations in social awareness, commitment, solidarity and pragmatic vision in the face of international reality.