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Community Interpreting Certificate Programme Launch in Dadaab September 2014

Kenyatta University and University of Geneva/FTI-InZone have officially launched the Certificate in Community Interpreting as part of their on-going partnership.

This higher education programme will prepare speakers of Somali and English for professional work as community interpreters across a wide range of domains, including education, humanitarian, healthcare and legal settings.

The course is the final step of a project that has seen the University of Geneva work in partnership with Kenyatta University since July 2013, when the two universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding and joined forces to design and deliver an innovative higher education programme.

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Kenyatta University and University of Geneva/FTI-InZone sign MoU in Nairobi in 2013

Due to start in September 2014, the course will conform to the Kenyan higher education system and will be offered 100% on-line in InZone’s virtual learning environment which will be accessed through the InZone@UniGE Learning Hub installed in Dadaab's IFO 1 camp.

The course participants – including 25 refugees currently living in Dadaab refugee camp and in the community of Dadaab– will benefit from InZone@UniGE Learning Hub, an energy-efficient computer lab funded by the Canton of Geneva’s Solidarity Fund. The lab, currently stationed in Nairobi, will be transported and assembled in IFO 1 in the Dadaab refugee camp later in May before the beginning of the course.

“I am delighted to see the project get off the ground”, said InZone founder Barbara Moser-Mercer. “This is an innovative endeavour in many different ways: it is our first higher education project in a fragile context and we hope to demonstrate how the North and the South can unite and pool their know-how to meet real needs on the ground,” she added.

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InZone@UniGE Learning Hub – temporarily stationed at UNON, Nairobi

“We will work very hard over the coming weeks to make sure that the computer lab is up and running in Dadaab and to provide the necessary IT training. One of our goals is to make sure that local communities take responsibility for maintaining the lab, and we have already selected a number of focal points, who will help us ensure effective communication with our refugee students,” explained Prof. Moser-Mercer.

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InZone@UniGE Learning Hub - Dadaab

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Course participants using the Learning Hub to access InZone's virtual learning environment

“I would like to thank all the people and organizations involved in the project, from the University of Geneva and Kenyatta University to UNHCR, the Canton of Geneva, the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), the Swiss Ambassador in Nairobi and Windle Trust Kenya,” she added.

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