Somali-born winner of refugee schooling wins major UNHCR award

Abdullahi Mire grew up in the sprawling Dadaab refugee advanced in northeastern Kenya with its populace these days of a lot more than 240,000 registered refugees, mostly from Somalia.

The UN refugee company (UNHCR) coordinates functions there with each other with companions, relying also on the guidance of the Kenyan Government and host communities.

The greater part of the populace, all around 56 per cent according to 2020 figures, are small children.

At that level there ended up around 60,000 students enrolled up to secondary school stage, but despite that, the demand for instructors, materials and classroom room, has lengthy outstripped offer, foremost to inadequate educational results.

Educational pioneer

Of those people handling to comprehensive secondary school only a small range have been able to have on into tertiary education and learning.

Mr. Mire used 23 several years living in the Dadaab intricate himself, from the early 1990s, and ultimately went on to graduate with a diploma in journalism and general public relations in 2013 from Kenya’s Kenyatta College.

Soon after working for the UN migration company IOM, in Somalia, specialising in the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of former combatants, he realised that without having becoming literate, a lot of were being remaining brainwashed and radicalized.


His experience led him to start out the Refugee Youth Schooling Hub (RYEH) in 2018, focusing on refugee education and learning and youth growth.

“I want to transform the life of refugee young children and youth residing in Daadab”, he told the UN Support Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) in 2020.

The only way to do that is through education. If you give high-quality training for these children or youths, their lives will be improved for superior,” he additional. “For societies to progress, particularly the ones recovering from a long time of conflict, education should be a priority. I feel it’s the midwife of peace and security, if not much more.”

Personifying improve

Talking ahead of the award announcement, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, reported: “Abdullahi Mire is dwelling proof that transformative suggestions can spring from inside of displaced communities.

“He has shown excellent resourcefulness and tenacity in strengthening the high-quality of refugee education.”

UNHCR noted that following growing up in the Dadaab camps, Mr. Mire experienced resettled to Norway, “but a craving to serve his neighborhood drew him back”.

His instruction hub has opened 3 libraries in the camps – stocked with donated guides – and expanded mastering chances for tens of 1000’s of displaced small children and youth.

“The acquire is not for me by itself,” explained Mr. Mire, 36. “It is for all the volunteers I do the job with… It is for the kids in the educational institutions.”

Regional winners

UNHCR also introduced the regional winners to be honoured this calendar year:

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

•   Asia Al-Mashreqi (Middle East & North Africa): founder and chairperson of the Sustainable Progress Foundation, which has assisted practically two million individuals in Yemen influenced by conflict

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

•   Lena Grochowska and Władysław Grochowski (Europe): a Polish few whose lodge chain and foundation give shelter and training to refugees

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Geneva on 13 December at the World Refugee Discussion board 2023.

Hosted by the distinguished US tv journalist Ann Curry, the party will showcase the winners’ perform and aspect performances by Lous and the Yakuza, MIYAVI and Ricky Kej. It will also be livestreamed.

The awards are created doable by way of support from the Governments of Norway and Switzerland, IKEA Basis, and the Metropolis and Canton of Geneva.

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