Refugees seldom have access to quality education and scholarship opportunities. If they have access to available information on time, some of them can prepare in advance and be accompanied to have the best chance to win very good scholarships and attend good institutions. A platform- in cooperation with Books Without Borders?- with refugees camps that offers classes, and identify the refugees with a promising potential, to prepare them to become succesful leaders could be implemented .
We are a group of five and eventually six students from the Catholic University of Central Africa or ADEV members , studying for a Masters Degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian action.We have decided to launch this project as part of our real world practice experience and problem solving skills.As the leader and based on my experience in handling educational projects with successful results like the Yale Young Global Scholars Program were I sent three Cameroonians with full scholarships, and handling the Malala Youssfazai Leadership and Entrepreneurship Program, we agreed to made available such opportunities and many others to refugees, through a platform and mentoring/coaching.
How does your innovation work?
Thanks to a platform with available internet connection in refugee camps, the HCR staff, the Refugees Educators and Students themselves are aware of the scholarship opportunities, and they start beeing coached online through skype on how to prepare their applications, eventually with the assistance of succesful former applicants whom will guide them through the process and teachers whom succesfully recommended their students to the program. When ever possible, we should go on site to the refugee camps, meet the students and help them implement leadership activities with a great Humanitarian component.
What Evidence do you have that your Innovation works?
I have had students selected for the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, the Yale YOung Africa Scholars Program and other excellent opportunities
Yes more then 50 students as part of the Malala Youssafzai Leadership and Entrepreneurship Program
What is your strategy for expanding use of your innovation?
For the pilot phase which we would like to launch by early december we would like to visit the Minawao camp in the far north region of Cameroon and the Gado Badzere Camp in the Easter Region of Cameroon.This to detect and select those candidates whom would be deemed apt to apply to the YYGS program by 31st of January and evaluate their access to internet and have hands on knowlege of what is to be done to develop our platform on mentoring them from distance as needed.If we succed, we may extend it to other refugee camps in Cameroon and eventually adopt the same approach with neighbouring countries like Nigeria and even Democratic Republic of Congo further.
- Gettting fund for evaluation and assesment in refugees camps by December,
- Getting in touch and exposing our idea to the targeted Universities
-Selecting refugees with the highest potential and helping them to apply to the YYGS program and the YYAS
-Getting in touch with companies upon the evaluation of the internet needs.
- Partnering eventually with Libraries Without Borders through their Idea Box