Learning from Partners in the Field


Kepler 2018 Photo: Julia Cumes


Source: Humanitarian Education Accelerator With the focus of scaling in mind, Kepler sent a team to Kakuma Refugee Camp to learn, collaborate, and share with the team from Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL), an NGO providing higher education support in the camp. Both organizations serve as implementing partners for Southern New Hampshire University’s ‘Global Education Movement’ (GEM), who also sent a team. Throughout the week the combined teams engaged in a variety of learning activities to better understand students, the context, and programmes. Working in collaborative, cross-organizational teams, solutions based on shared resources were created to support scale and program improvements for both organizations.

Staff Reflections

It is clear that the exchange was incredibly meaningful in pushing the team to think about scale through new lenses.
I was thinking about scaling from a coaching perspective. Kepler students have been receiving support through weekly meetings and office hours, but it might be difficult to do this with a 1000 or 3000 students. The big question for me was “how can we create a coaching model that can be used to effectively support a large number of students without necessarily having many coaches”? How do we do that and keep the quality of education? (Landry, Remote Learning Coordinator & CfA Advisor)

I learned that most of (the JWL) students are employed or have different responsibilities which might limit them to meeting academic expectations. That point took me back to Kiziba thinking about how we support students through differentiating according to their availability. I had a hint of how Kakuma site coaches may use differentiation strategies to reach out to students who need more support in the learning journey. (Narcisse, Kiziba Course Facilitator)

Having spent more than nine years in the education field does not limit my ability and will to learn new things from different education contexts and environments. (Jeanne, Kepler Kigali Lead Course Facilitator)b