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Rahma Hagadera camp in Dedaab

Rahma is 19 and lives in the Hagadera camp in Dedaab

Open Learning Exchange is working with our Somali partners at the Dagahaley, Hagadera and Ifo refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya, where Planet Learning has been in use for the past three years. During this time, the platform has been used by more than 5,000 young people within the Community Learning Centres that are run by UNHCR

Rahma is 19 and lives in the Hagadera camp in Dedaab.  She arrived at the camp in 1998 along with her family; she is the eldest daughter. Rahma was a stellar learner in primary school and early secondary school, though her situation changed in 2016 when she was pressured to stay home and help with work around the house. Rahma’s mother struggled as Rahma’s sister is disabled, requiring her attention.  Out of school for two months, Rahma’s friend Aisha asked her to join her at the Community Centre library for a ‘girl child training session’ by the OLE team.  She participated in the course, watched related videos, and was in the audience for a show put on by students on the importance of education and how to overcome the barriers that may hold you back. Rahma narrates her story:

After the event, I was struck by emotions and wild feelings of remorsefulness as I missed lessons for a couple of months because of obstacles that I now see I could have overcome, if only I searched diligently for solutions.”

Working with her OLE coaches at Hagadera, Rahma developed a plan with her parents that enabled her to return to school for the following term. Today, she has gained her momentum and is preparing for her final exams.

 

Amina Mohamed at the Ifo camp in Dedaab

Amina M. is 17 years old and is from a poor family that lives in the Ifo camp in Dadaab

Open Learning Exchange is working with our Somali partners at the Dagahaley, Hagadera and Ifo refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya, where Planet Learning has been in use for the past three years. During this time, the platform has been used by more than 5,000 young people within the Community Learning Centres that are run by UNHCR

Amina M. is 17 years old. She is from a poor family and struggled in school, failing to pass her exams, which would make it possible for her to continue her education. The Ifo team introduced her to Planet Learning and its digital library of learning resources. Together with her coaches, Amina developed a personal learn plan that enabled her to improve her performance such that she is now one of the strongest academically to join secondary this year! Amina shares:

As a member of the Ifo Community Learning Centre, I have met awesome people that I know I will continue to be friends with. Being a part of the Centre is a thrill and I’m thankful for the experience and all the opportunities I’ve gained from the Planet system.

 

 

Duale, a 20 year old youth living in the Ifo refugee camp told the Ifo team: “Open Learning Exchange has transformed my life, and brought hope world wide.”

Open Learning Exchange is working with our Somali partners at the Dagahaley, Hagadera and Ifo refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya, where Planet Learning has been in use for the past three years. During this time, the platform has been used by more than 5,000 young people within the Community Learning Centres that are run by UNHCR

Duale is 20 years old and also lives in the Ifo refugee camp. Duale lost both his parents at the age of 10 and his uncle has been caring for him since. Reserved and ashamed of having to repeat class in primary school, having failed his exams many times, he had little hope of continuing his education. The Ifo team thought Duale would benefit from the life-skill course on the Planet Learning system.  Kudos to Duale for gaining the strength and self-esteem to complete the course and pass his exam.  Duale is now  a part of the Towfiq Second School in the Ifo camp!

 

 

 

FROM OLE MADAGASCAR
Planet Learning has "fundamentally changed the way this community has thought about libraries."

Sitting in the small concrete community library of Ranomafana, Madagascar with six community leaders ––business owners and elders––we witness the power of grassroots development empowered by technology.

Eight months ago, in this same room PIVOT Works donated ten tablets and an Open Learning Exchange digital library that has since fundamentally changed the way this community has thought about libraries, books, literacy, and what an author is.

These community leaders have gathered here today to judge a couple dozen short stories that were written by some of the nearly 800 OLE Learners that have registered to the OLE digital library.

I cannot believe it, that was as good as any story I have heard on the national radio.” Said Joslyn, an IT specialist and long-time supporter of the community library, after hearing a story written by one fifteen-year old girl.

The group takes turns reading the stories aloud into a microphone to upload the audio files on the digital library along with the text based. This might seem redundant in America, but here in rural Madagascar where more than half of the parents are illiterate this is the foundation of inclusion. This forward-thinking library committee knows the power of equitable resources. It has also changed the way these adults think about the power of kids and their ideas.

These community leaders excitedly hand around a compelling story. One boasts that the author is the daughter of a friend. The excitement and pride in the community is palpable. In the heightened mood, there is even a commitment from the community to broadcast the best stories from these authors on the radio. This has nationwide implications. As Noro, an OLE Madagascar Board member, told the Minister of education last month: “A country cannot truly develop without authors and poets.”  ––by Stephanie Catz