Somali-born champion of refugee schooling wins prime UNHCR award

Somali-born champion of refugee schooling wins prime UNHCR award

Abdullahi Mire grew up within the sprawling Dadaab refugee complicated in northeastern Kenya with its population today of greater than 240,000 registered refugees, principally from Somalia.

The UN refugee company (UNHCR) coordinates operations there along with companions, relying additionally on the assist of the Kenyan Government and host communities.

The majority of the inhabitants, round 56 per cent according to 2020 figures, are kids.

At that time there have been over 60,000 college students enrolled as much as secondary college degree, however regardless of that, the demand for academics, provides and classroom area, has lengthy outstripped provide, resulting in poor academic outcomes.

Educational pioneer

Of these managing to finish secondary college solely a small quantity have been capable of keep it up into tertiary schooling.

Mr. Mire spent 23 years residing within the Dadaab complicated himself, from the early Nineteen Nineties, and ultimately went on to graduate with a diploma in journalism and public relations in 2013 from Kenya’s Kenyatta University.

After working for the UN migration company IOM, in Somalia, specialising within the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of former combatants, he realised that with out being literate, many had been being brainwashed and radicalized.


His expertise led him to begin the Refugee Youth Education Hub (RYEH) in 2018, specializing in refugee schooling and youth improvement.

“I wish to change the lives of refugee kids and youth residing in Daadab”, he informed the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) in 2020.

The solely approach to try this is thru schooling. If you give high quality schooling for these kids or youths, their lives will probably be improved for good,” he added. “For societies to progress, particularly those recovering from many years of battle, schooling have to be a precedence. I believe it’s the midwife of peace and stability, if no more.”

Personifying change

Speaking forward of the award announcement, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, stated: “Abdullahi Mire is residing proof that transformative concepts can spring from inside displaced communities.

“He has proven nice resourcefulness and tenacity in strengthening the standard of refugee schooling.”

UNHCR famous that after rising up within the Dadaab camps, Mr. Mire had resettled to Norway, “however a craving to serve his neighborhood drew him again”.

His schooling hub has opened three libraries within the camps – stocked with donated books – and expanded studying alternatives for tens of hundreds of displaced kids and youth.

“The win just isn’t for me alone,” stated Mr. Mire, 36. “It is for all of the volunteers I work with… It is for the kids within the colleges.”

Regional winners

UNHCR additionally introduced regional winners who being honoured this 12 months:

•   Elizabeth Moreno Barco (Americas): a human rights defender who advocates for communities affected by armed inner battle in Colombia

•   Asia Al-Mashreqi (Middle East & North Africa): founder and chairperson of the Sustainable Development Foundation, which has assisted almost two million people in Yemen affected by battle

•   Abdullah Habib, Sahat Zia Hero, Salim Khan and Shahida Win (Asia-Pacific): 4 Rohingya storytellers documenting the experiences of stateless Rohingya refugees

•   Lena Grochowska and Władysław Grochowski (Europe): a Polish couple whose lodge chain and basis present shelter and coaching to refugees

The awards will probably be offered at a ceremony in Geneva on 13 December on the Global Refugee Forum 2023.

Hosted by the distinguished US tv journalist Ann Curry, the occasion will showcase the winners’ work and have performances by Lous and the Yakuza, MIYAVI and Ricky Kej. It can even be livestreamed.

The awards are made attainable via assist from the Governments of Norway and Switzerland, IKEA Foundation, and the City and Canton of Geneva.

They are named after the Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen.



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