For several years, as part of our ongoing Fredskorpset-sponsored Exchange Project with the Western Sahara refugee camps in southwest Algeria, we have hosted two Saharawi volunteers at the College. They have come from the baking Sahara desert to the slightly cooler shores of Flekke fjord to live and work with us for the academic year. We are continuing this happy tradition and are pleased to welcome Salma Mohamed and Jadiyetu Dah to our staff. They arrived in late July to participate in the Summer Course and are busy finding their way into this wonderful – and to them, very strange – community!
As the political situation in the Maghreb continues to be volatile, Fredskorpset has enabled us to extend the project and we are now sending the Norwegian FK volunteers to Thailand and Tanzania instead of to the Sharawi refugee camps. In turn, we are hosting a volunteer from each of those countries, Ged Kanchiang from the Mercy Centre in Bangkok, Thailand and Andrew Nkumbi from the Great Lakes Training Institute in Mwanza, Tanzania. Read more about the Fredskorpset Exchange Project here.
We welcome these four enthusiastic young people, and look forward to their contributions to College life in the coming year.
We are also fortunate to be able to strengthen our ties to Hungary through an EEA grant. This grant has enabled Veronika Kara to come to the College until December to learn about how UWC uses education as a uniting force, as an exchange between UWC and the ‘Never Give Up Foundation’ in Hungary. While here Veronika will work on our engagement towards Roma people through education. Later she will bring back experience to her organization, with the aim to further develop co-operation. Read more about this exchange program, here.