Learning Pathway DesignCreating a Pathway for Higher Education Through Connected, Local and International opportunitiesKakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL)Author: Armando Borja
JWL’s scaffolded and learner-centred approach to mobile, blended learning has fostered student independence and enabled them to develop knowledge and skills that may lead to opportunities for further education, as well as to professional avenues, benefitting students and their communities.
How can we ensure that our students access quality higher education that will open doors (and their minds) to further and lifelong learning, as well as professional opportunities (employed, self-employed) despite the social and geographical challenges they face? JWL has created the conditions that empower motivated students to overcome some of these barriers, and thrive, as exemplified by Mr Muzabel Welongo.
Muzabel Welongo graduated from the JWL Diploma in Liberal Arts in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya (blended learning) to obtaining a (local) scholarship (through co-articulation agreement advocated by JWL) to complete a degree from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Nairobi, Kenya).
In 2019, Muzabel graduated from the Georgetown University (USA) Global Human Development Master’s Program (international scholarship).
He is also the Founder and Executive Director of Resilience Action International (RAI, formerly SAVIC), a refugee-run organisation that operations in Kakuma Refugee Camp as well as in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp (Tanzania).
Higher education coarticulation agreements among several institutions are subject to changes in curriculum requirements and changes in leadership. Any combination of multiple partners needs to be constantly updated to ensure undisrupted student progress in their scaffolded program of studies.
JWL’s scaffolding approach to expand access to higher education exemplifies a flexible degree completion pathway through the creative use of multiple tertiary delivery mechanisms (connected, local and international scholarships). The key success driver for this approach is always ensuring that students are guaranteed internationally recognized creditable academic hours.