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A Young Woman, Ambition , and Hope for Refugee Women in Higher Education

Updated: Jan 26, 2023

Tani Kuku, is a hardworking student in the The Refugee Higher Education Access Program (RhEAP) offered by Open Society University Network (OSUN) in partnership with Resilience Action International. She was born and raised in Sudan. When she fled to Kenya, she sought to start a new life in Kakuma Refugee Camp for her future seemed promising. Miss Kuku immediately continued her studies and successfully completed primary school and secondary education. By her own self-encouragement and ambition to have a brighter future than her current situation, she soldiered on to seek further opportunities to improve her qualifications and employability in the job market.

Resilience Action International-OSUN, RHEAP program
Miss Tani Kuku

Therefore, she took the chance to enroll in OSUN HUBS in 2021 to get a certificate that could open a pathway for her to proceed to degree courses. Today, Miss Kuku has completed 3 courses under OSUN and is hopeful of getting admission into a degree course next year in one of the schools she has applied for online. The communication skills and knowledge gained in human rights, history and diversity & culture were instrumental in getting her a job in a local community based organization as a social worker.

In addition to this, she has taken to advising young women in her community on the importance of education for every individual especially young women and girls. What motivates her to talk to young women about pursuing higher education is the underwhelming number of women in OSUN learning Hub. Furthermore, she always wondered why young women were few in number in vocational learning centers. Thus, she decided to take it upon herself to urge young women in her community to join Educational centers and be as educated as their male counterparts. If possible, the young women should even proceed to higher levels of education as per their interest.

Miss Kuku, due to her educational achievements, has become a living example to young women and schools in her neighborhood. The people in her home area are aware of her deep interest in her on-going courses, which she has never skipped a class. Also, she is well known by facilitators at Resilience Action Int’l center for submitting assignments on time and encouraging her colleagues to not give up when they meet the obstacles in their studies, especially the ladies in her class.

She admits the independence she enjoys now as an adult woman was made possible by the English skills she gained from OSUN professional courses, without which the language barrier would have kept her dependent on her family and unemployed. Miss Kuku still holds on to her dream of getting a degree in future. For now she will do what’s best at the moment, that is, continue with her studies until admission to her dream university, and inspire more refugee women to enroll in vocational training as one of the pathways to build their future.

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