How SNHU Is Helping Refugees Get a New Start Through Global Education Program

Over the past few years, escalating conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, and the South Sudan, as well as other countries, led to an influx of refugees seeking asylum abroad. According to the UN refugee agency, by the end of 2016, there were 22.5 million refugees around the world. 20 people were forced to flee their homes every minute. And 51% of those refugees were children.

As refugees seek jobs and homes in new countries with different industries, languages, and cultures, educational organizations across the globe are working to provide affordable, adaptive educational solutions to help train these refugees for future jobs, and to help the millions of children affected by the displacement to keep up with their peers.

According to Chrystina Russell of Southern New Hampshire University, the support needed for these refugees is perhaps “one of the biggest, if not the issue of our times.” Formerly a middle school principal and co-founder of the Kepler educational program in Rwanda, Chrystina is the Executive Director of SNHU’s Global Education Movement (GEM). As part of this program, Southern New Hampshire University provides online higher education to refugees throughout a number of countries, partnering with local educational organizations to provide supplemental support.

In this interview from the 2018 LearnLaunch conference, we speak to Chrystina about how SNHU is using its digital resources and partnerships abroad to bring education to refugees around the world. Listen in to learn more.

Play the podcast episode above, watch the video below, or download the interview on iTunes for the full interview.

Watch the full interview with Chrystina:

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren is the General Manager of EdTech Times. A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.