JC:HEM 2014 Final Report Executive Summary
In a recent discussion, I was asked a question that I am often asked, “Why educate refugees if they cannot work?” The question makes us go to the core of why educate anyone, what is the purpose of higher education? Because the question is asked so often we included it in the Bridge to Learning course for the students, many of whom are refugees, to answer with us. One student, now a graduate with a Regis University awarded Diploma in Liberal Studies, replied with some surprise at the question, “We do not seek higher education for jobs; we seek higher education to fight ignorance.” Another perspective comes from a refugee living in Chad, “If we had had education in Darfur, we would not be refugees today. Without education, we were caught unaware.” Your support and interest makes it possible for JC:HEM to extend the reach of higher education to many.