Now, after many years of development, UBC’s Faculty of Education and Moi University in Kenya are collaborating to offer university education in Dadaab through the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees [BHER] project.
Higher education was thought to be impossible in the remote and isolated area of Dadaab but the professors made the impossible happen and launched Dadaab campus. This is the first time ever a university campus has been established in the north eastern province of Kenya.
The Dadaab community has appreciated this move, bringing great relief from the many challenges of living in the camps. Before higher education was offered in Dadaab students wishing to continue their studies beyond high school needed to travel to Kenya’s interior. School fees and living outside the camp are too expensive for most. Those who work for non-governmental organizations operating in Dadaab receive incentive pay that is used to support their families as well as their brothers’ and sisters’ education. Higher education in Dadaab provides a situation where students can receive their higher education as they support their families.