How to Engineering a brighter future for refugees

In this photo taken in December 2020, I am reviewing the progress of students at Kampala University, Uganda, where I teach electrical engineering and telecommunications policy.

Students are learning to configure computers to accommodate voice over Internet protocol or online telephony. We have discovered the programming language Python and techniques for radio and wireless applications.

The six-month program is part of a first-time partnership with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), an international Catholic organization advocating forcibly displaced people. Uganda, where I was born and raised, hosts one of the largest refugee populations in Africa.

JRS selected 2 female and 17 male participants of the course, and we completed it in January, despite delays in person-teaching due to an epidemic. The new skills of the students will help them to compete in the job market.

When I’m not teaching, I do research to improve network connectivity. I am mainly interested in ensuring internet access in rural communities, where most Ugandans live.

As a woman who works in science, I try to promote initiatives that will promote female inclusion in science and technology. An example is the Uganda Women’s Entrepreneurs Association, which supports aspiring women business leaders.

I have also started projects to bring more women in engineering. In 2017, when I was the chairman of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE), I set up its committee of women engineers, technologists and technicians. I also helped organize training for women engineers, which increases the total share of women’s UIPE membership by 10%.

Inclusion is a revolution that has not yet been completed.

The way South Sudan refugee Phoney Joyce Vuni sees it, children caught in conflicts will end up as either peacekeepers or peacekeepers. The difference is the opportunities they encounter in exile.

“When children come and they don’t get an education, we see recurrence of war again and again, because they don’t understand the reasons for it,” says Foni, 25, a mentoring program for youth Works on Refugees in Kenya.

“Without access to education, it’s easy for someone to come and impress them, restarting the cycle of war, because they don’t value themselves,” she says.

Foni, who graduated with first-class honors from a University of Kenya, is among more than a dozen young delegates from around the world to receive a new global response to their experience of conflict and displacement at a high-level meeting in Geneva Are dedicated to. Displacement levels.

Due to civil war in Sudan, in 1991 his parents fled to the southern part of the country, an area that is now part of independent Sudan.

Some 500 representatives from governments, local authorities, civil society, private companies, academics, international organizations and financial institutions are assembled at the 10th Dialogue of the High Commissioners of Conservation Commissioners in Geneva on 12 and 13 December.

Key to the agenda are policies to benefit children and youth, making up more than half of the approximately 66 million people driven from their homes worldwide by war and persecution.

Also included is 24-year-old Arash Borderber, a refugee who left Iran at the age of 16 and studied online for a high school certificate while living in Malaysia, before finally moving to Australia two years ago to pursue civil engineering. . He also emphasizes the importance of giving displaced children and young people opportunities to unlock their potential.

“We are the future and the future is now,” Arash says. “Young refugees have a lot of talent and are very ambitious. So if you can prepare them for the future, it will be better for everyone. ”

He says: “Give them an opportunity to study, learn or work, which will be beneficial for the host country and the resettlement country.”

Mohammed Abdullah, who fled Iraq from Syria, has since settled in Switzerland with his family. She shares the sense of potential that refugee youth have for finding solutions to the conflicts that drive them out of their homes.

Aya, 22, who addressed the meeting on opening day, told UNHCR earlier: “We can be young game changers… we can change things for the better, and we can start building peace… we should now Need to do, not in the distant future, “noting that education is the key to allowing them to live fruitful lives.

“Children and youth must be educated to build their future… we need it. I need to be educated someday to go back to my country and work to make it, or even my child can do the same… this is the key to everything. ”

The two-day forum in Geneva gives young refugees the opportunity to sit on panels, addressing policy makers and sharing their ideas and experiences.

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