Nairobi, 19 November, 2020 / 9:46 pm (ACI Africa).
A scholarship opportunity by the international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), aims at providing vulnerable refugees living in Kenya access to university education, the leadership of the agency has said.
“JRS scholarship is about providing access to university education to vulnerable refugees who have a desire for university education but have been denied this opportunity due to a number of factors including their socio-economic status,” the leadership of the agency says in a report shared with ACI Africa Thursday, November 19.
Through the scholarship, which is being implemented in partnership with U.S-based Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) along with the Global Education Movement (GEM), JRS leadership hopes to “enable refugees to attain protection, opportunity and participation with this program,” they add in the report, which the scholarship Program Coordinator, Steve Oten and JRS Communications Officer, Paula Aguirregabiria compiled.
The JRS/SNHU degree program that is open to people of all ages and faiths is competency-based, thereby allowing the students to study by doing projects that translate to their university credits, the JRS officials note in the one-page report.
They explain, “After their Associate of Arts Degree, the students are linked with local and international organizations for physical and/or virtual three months internship before they can start on their Bachelor’s Degree.”