Education is Mumina’s ‘passport to the world’

Books, tablets and connectivity mean refugee students in Kakuma camp can learn about the world and keep up with their education.

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© UNHCR/Hannah Maule-ffinch

16-year-old Mumina was forced to flee her home in Somalia and now lives in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp but she isn’t letting that stop her learning about the world. All she needs is a book and her tablet.

For Mumina, reading is more than an entertaining pastime. Shelooks for life lessons in the books she reads – lessons she can use herself or pass on to others who might need them.

“Education is everything. It’s my passport to the world.  When you read a story, you learn about other people’s experiences and you can take that as an example or use it to motivate others.”

Thanks to supporters like you, Mumina is thriving at the school she attends in the UNHCR camp. Despite all she has been through after fleeing conflict back home, she is determined to make the most of her opportunities.

Mumina also uses tablets in her classes at Angelina Jolie School, a UNHCR-supported girls’ boarding school in northwestern Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp. The school was connected to the Internet with help from the Vodafone Foundation.

Merinas Ngendayniye Mumina Khalif Mary Nyalat walk with their classmates and tablets through the school grounds

Merinas Ngendayniye Mumina Khalif Mary Nyalat walk with their classmates and tablets through the school grounds. Photo: © UNHCR/Hannah Maule-ffinch

Kenya. Mary Nyalat and Mumina Khalif  use tablets in Class 8 at Angelina Jolie School

Kenya. Mary Nyalat and Mumina Khalif use tablets in Class 8 at Angelina Jolie School. Photo: © UNHCR/Hannah Maule-ffinch

Through the Vodafone Foundation’s Instant Network Schools initiative, selected schools and community centres receive computer tablets, solar-powered batteries, a satellite or mobile network, and a suite of software and online learning material. Each Instant Network School (INS) has a local coach who provides both training and support for students and teachers.

Learn more about how UK partnerships are helping refugees.