Over 350 Demonstrated Against Deportation To Serbia & Macedonia
By Nyima Jadama
Tuesday evening was a congestive moment for the Freiburgers as hundreds of people gathered at the city center to show their dissatisfaction towards the mass deportation against refugees to their native land especially in Iraq and the Balkan countries.
The Tuesday demonstration was against deportation from Baden-Württemberg to Serbia and Macedonia. The mass demonstration was witnessed by natives of Freiburg, including migrants and refugees, racism among refugees and the situation in Syria was also a topic of concern to the demonstrators, who had a peacful march past.
The action was a revival of the attempt to avoid the permanent deportation, even from Freiburg.
Migration, Ecological Crises to Top Agenda in this Year’s NKO Confab
By Nyima Jadama
The independent and non-profit organisation committed to a social, ecological and democratic economy and Society Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie (NKO), based in Leipzig has announced its collaboration for this year’s annual conference with other international organisations including Africa networks and refugees in Europe.
This year’s event will be partly organised by Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie, Afrique Europe Interact, glokale.V., Entwicklungspolitisches and Netzwerk Sachsen in Germany.
The October conference will draw over 300 participants from various walks of life including the freedom of movement organizations, anti-racisms, agriculture, climate justice etc.
A two-day preparatory meeting will be organised ahead of the October conference from the 1-2 July in Leipzig.
The aim of the conference is to treat the relationship between refuge and migration, self-determined development and ecological crises from a practical, political perspective.
During the two-day preparatory meeting, participants will discuss among othersthe causes of fleeing and migration, demanding the right for self-determined development, how can migrants and refugees in Europe – or in the Diaspora communities in general – politically, financially, or socially support development tracks from below in their countries of origin and how may non-migrant activists contribute.
Workshop’s, theatres, concerts, networking possibilities and several formats for exchange are part of the itinerary of this year’s conference.
DHBW Kontaktstudium Recieves DBFF Stifterverband Sponsorship Award
The Deutsche Bank Foundation of the Founders' Association’s fund of the ‘Stifterverband’ (Association for the promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany)last week presented a sum of 32,000-euros in structural funding and 18,000 in annual grant fund to the Duale Hochschule of Baden-Württemberg State University of Applied Science in Lorrach.
The funding which is part of the association’s annual educational scholarships award was also awarded to six other universities in Germany.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony held at the universities auditorium in Hangstrasse, the head of the Kontaktstudium Prof. Dr. Heike Walterscheid from the DHBW, informed the gathering that the sponsorship award is a confirmation that the project for refugee is on the right track, noting that the money will help expand the e-learning program for students and also invest into the organization of the course.
‘The DHBW had qualified for the sponsorship award, because the contact study for the refugees is a bridge into the education system and the labour market,’ said Melanie Schneider from the Deutsche Bank Founders' Association. She added that the dual concept will avail migrants the opportunity to have direct relationship with German companies as both the theory and practice are combined.
At the end of the ceremony, some of the students spoke about their journey to Deutschland, their motivation and future wishes. Most of the migrants had already begun studying in their native lands or at least completed their High School Leaving Certificates and would like to furthertheir studies in Germany.
Radio Project for Refugee Journalists
By Nyima Jadama
Refugees with Journalistic background will be embarking on a seven-month Radio project from the 16thMay to 21st December 2017. The project, dubbed ‘Listen’ is organised by one of Freiburg’s leading Radio stations called ‘Radio Dreyeckland.’
The project initiated by NeilsWatzel and Anna Trautwein of Radio Dreyeckland is aimed at developing concepts and instruments to improve the representation of refugees in communities and other media institutions, raising awareness about discrimination mechanisms especially in the media companies and also enriching the German Media scene by the journalistic, linguistic and cultural competences of refugees.
The voice of refugees, according to the project coordinators, is very silent in the German media, adding that it’s very rear that refugees get the chance to speak for themselves and in most cases, appear as objects, especially about whom it is reported.
The project will avail participants the opportunity to attend an extensive sets of training sessions and workshops with other German professional Radio journalists.
Participants will also have the opportunity to network with an already existing group of editorial refugees from different radio stations, conduct researches, interviews and produce their own radio content.
Six out of over sixty applicants from The Gambia, Syria, Cameroon, Turkey and Togo will be partaking in the project. At the end of the project, participants are expected to make recommendations and organise workshops, provide video tutorial for self-educated media work and serve as training of trainers for those that were not opportune to take part of the project.
MIGRANT JOURNALISTS TRAINED ON DATA JOURNALISM
By Nyima Jadama
More than 30 journalists from across Germany recently converged at the Berlin Google office for a day‘s training seminar on data journalism. The event is organized by the Neu Deutsche MedienMacher in collaboration with Google News Lab in Berlin.
The objective of the day-long training is to help boost the knowledge and experience of migrant journalists who have less or no knowledge about digital story-telling, conducting research for visual story-telling and verification of data on google platform.
The participating journalists drawn from various print and electronic media houses learnt and discussed about various topics including Digital story-telling, analyzes with Google Trends, topics currently getting the most attention online, tools available for verifying user-generated content, google maps and etc.
The trainers were Isabelle Sonnenfeld Google News Lab Berlin and Marco Maas Founder & CEO Datafreunde GmbH / Open Data City and Mosjkan Ehrari Neue deutsche Medienmacher.
‘Our Voice on Radio Dreyeckland
By Nyima Jadama
The long-awaited project ‘Listen’ would finally made it to the air waves of Radio Dreyeckland on 102.3 mhz’ in Freiburg. The well-coordinated first edition of the seven-month pilot project for refugees is expected to commence on 28th June.
It will be hosted by a five transitional team of journalists, namely Nyima Jadama of The Gambia, Mohammad Albayoush, Syria, Rubbie Traore, Togo, Abdullag Yasa, Turkey and Rufine Nadege Songue of Cameroon.
The well-tailored Radio talk show is expected to look at various aspects of human interest development stories with a specific focus on Refugees and Migration issues in Germany and beyond.
"Our Voice", a multi-lingual radio program for refugees, as well as to the population of Freiburg and its surrounding will be broadcasted on the second and every fourth Wednesday of the month from 16-17hrs.
Explaining the motive behind her participation in the project, one of the participating journalists Rufine Nadege Songue of Cameroon had this to say; "In the media, fugitives are often portrayed as a criminal threat or as a poor victim who needs to be helped, many of them have enormous potentials. They are people who want to live a normal life and strive to gain a better perspective in the German society.”
She said their objective is to make people who are fugitives visible as people who shape their lives and participate in social co-operation.
Mohammad Albayoush of Syria, said; “In our voice some editors want to put personal interviews in the forefront in which refuges themselves can be heard and their perspectives audible. We would also like to invite Germans and fugitives to the studio. People who do something to each other, whether they are drinking coffee or developing a theater together etc,".
The participating journalist who has worked as a photo and video journalist in Syria during the war added that there are practical tips for other refugees and reports on current developments in social policy around escape, asylum and migration, and all this multilingual - an experiment.
DHBW Refugee Pilot-Program Boosted
By Nyima Jadama
The Dual Hochschule Baden-Württemberg State University of Applied Sciences Lörrach (DHBW) was recently among the seven universities that benefited from the Deutsche Bank Foundation Fund with a funding sum of 50,000 euros for its pilot-project study for refugees initiated in October 2016. The selection was made by a jury with experts from science, business, foundations and politics.
Among the beneficiaries are universities and colleges in Berlin, Bremen, Frankfurt, Anhalt, Mannheim and Wuppertal. The Deutsche Bank Foundation in the Stifterverband promotes higher education institutions that support people with an escape and migration background in the admission or completion of a university degree.
The objective of the project according to officials is the preparation of the study ability of refugees for a study in Germany and especially for a dual Bachelor degree at DHBW Lörrach. The target group of the program are refugees with at least B1 language level in German, potential students' ability to study in Germany, as well as language skills in English or French as a bridge to the deepening acquisition of the German language as well as the specialist language.
The project includes sophisticated language teaching as well as mathematics, natural sciences, computer science, economics and law. The program also differs significantly from other language teaching courses, since from the outset requirements of a university degree are used.
Kiron University, An Educational Aid for Refugees
By Nyima Jadama
Not only would this give displaced people a higher chance of employment in their new countries, but it would provide a social and professional network where they can meet others facing similar challenges.
Kiron University, launched with its first batch of students in October 2015, has turned its utopian vision into reality using only the power of online donations and a rapidly expanding team of around over 100 volunteers.
Based in Berlin, Germany, the university runs all of its courses online and students have to submit proof of their refugee status in order to enrol wherever they are or at a study hub-centre across Germany and other parts of Europe.
Currently the university has over 1,500 full time students, 22 partner universities, and 4 study tracks, and are currently implementing their study program in Germany, France, Turkey and Jordan where students access the courses online, using computer, tablet or smart phone, wherever they are in the world.
Kiron uses courses available online by existing universities -- including Harvard, Yale, Cambridge and recently Saylor Academy to provide courses in engineering, computer science, business administration, architecture and social sciences. The courses are certified by the European Credit Transfer System, making each degree program internationally recognized.
However, that's not to say Kiron does not have input in its degree programs. The university produces its own learning materials, third-party content and e-learning technology.
The university also provides special language courses, laptops, internet access and even psychological counselling for its students.
Kiron has been facing some financial challenges from some of the teething problems that are inevitable with ambitious projects. The need for more "physical spaces" and student hubs across Europe, so that students can meet up more often, for example. This would allow students to have something closer to a traditional university experience. Says Markus Kre¬¬ssler co-founder Kiron Open Higher Education/University.
WAEC’S CREDIBILITY UNDER SERIOUS THREAT
By Lamin E. Fatty, Mamos Tv Gambia
The credibility of West Africa’s premier examination body, the West African Examinations Council, (WAEC) is under a serious threat, as alarming and disturbing claims of systematic corruption are revealed, exclusively to Mamos Tv by a seasoned contractor (name withheld) with the organisation.
The source is at the heart of the corridors of the organisation and is said to have fallen apart with the rest of the senior management when he raised the danger and consequence of this practice on the quality of education and the future credibility of the WAEC organisation.
Our source indicated that that there are a number of few private, mostly local based international schools which are given special preference and are given access to highly classified information through are a syndicate of collaborators within the WAEC establishment.
“There is a particular website owned by WAEC where some students are advised to visit at a particular day and time, mostly late at night to have access to examination questions meant for the four West African English speaking countries,’’ the source further revealed.
He lamented that the malpractice is endemic and highly secretive with the students of expensive private schools being the great beneficiaries. “I was shocked and sad when a particular night before an examination day for a subject I taught and marked, groups of students I took for private classes came to me say, well teacher, we don’t think it is necessary to revise this subject today and when I asked them why, they said well we believed we knew what will come in the exam,’’ the source disclosed.
He said he is determined to see an end to this malpractice which he said is rampant in both The Gambia and Nigeria. “In Nigeria, it was even reported to the authorities and they promised an investigation but still no development came from it,” our source said.
He added: “I am on the process of consultation with a lawyer and my wish is to sue WAEC and force them to declare 2016/2017 examinations null and void, anything less than that, is a great victory for corruption and end to quality education.’’
Migrants to benefit from Media education on AFF Radio Camp
Kiron students organise Abend Essen
By Nyima Jadama
Students currently partaking at the Kiron online University in Lörrach, last week organised its second edition of what is expected to be a monthly get-together dubbed ‘Kiron Abend Essen’.
The initiative, organised by one of the University’s sponsors Schöpflin Stifung in Lorrach Brombach, is meant to bring students together and exchange ideas in order to pave a way forward in their various study tracks.
‘The Schöpflin Stifung was founded in 2001 and is committed to a more liveable world for all and a better future for the younger and future generations,’ says Hans Schöpflin, founder of the Schöpflinstifung. Mr Hans added that his foundation is willing to support the quest of refugees in providing more opportunities for migrants to realise their dreams.
The round table dinner was attended by Kiron students, members of the Schöpflin Foundation and other University students from Konstanz and Freiburg.
Students presented varieties of dishes of their various countries, namely, The Gambia, Syria, Palestine and Eretria.
The Schöpflin Foundation in Lörrach organised events and workshops especially for students, with its new concept that combines culture, creative education, social commitment and bringing all the child care under one roof through the Schöpflin workshops.ree are used.
Saylor Academy & Kiron Open Higher Education Partner to Provide Higher Education to Refugees
BY NYIMA JADAMA - MAMOS REPORTER
Less than 1% of refugees globally have access to higher education. Kiron & Saylor Academy have joined forces to increase that number and will work together to provide thousands of refugees worldwide with the opportunity to graduate with an accredited university degree, free of charge.
Under the partnership, Kiron will direct students to Saylor’s tuition-free courses, built by subject matter experts, that cover college level learning outcomes. The courses will enable the students to progress toward a degree by completing Kiron’s study tracks aligned to university programs.
“Kiron’s partnership with Saylor Academy enables our students to learn with high-quality self-paced, fully online courses designed by using open educational resources. Many of Saylor Academy’s courses have alternate final exams that have been recommended for credit by at least one of two independent organizations in the US (ACE® CREDIT® and NCCRS). As we share one mission of democratizing and widening the access to education we are really glad that we found such a strong partner to make studying for our students even better.” Markus Kressler, Co-founder of Kiron.
Saylor’s Director of Strategic Relationships, Jeff Davidson said his institution is excited to join kiron in this effort, noting that their courses are fit into the international.
degree pathways that will enable displaced populations to access higher education and provide them with an opportunity to change the trajectory of their lives.
German ministry wants African migrants intercepted
By Nyima Jadama
German ministry wants African migrants intercepted – report
African migrants in Germany might be or are already under a hot soup as the country approaches its 2017 election in September, the country’s top female refugee fighter is battling on canvassing votes for her party Chtistlich Demokratische Union (CDU) to retain its refugee policy for Europe.
In a report recently published by the Welt am Sonntag newspaper, it is reported that Germany’s Interior ministry wants to stop migrants ever reaching Europe’s Mediterranean coast by picking them up at sea and returning them to Africa.
In what would be a huge shift for a country with one of the most generous asylum policies, the ministry says the European Union should adopt an Australian-style system under which migrants intercepted at sea are sent for processing at camps in third countries.
“The elimination of the prospect of reaching the European coast could convince migrants to avoid embarking on the life-threatening and costly journey in the first place,” the paper quoted a ministry spokeswoman as saying.
“The goal must be to remove the basis for people-smuggling organisations and to save migrants from the life-threatening journey.”
The ministry’s proposal calls for migrants picked up in the Mediterranean – most of whom set off from conflict-torn Libya – to be sent to Tunisia, Egypt or other African states to apply for asylum from there.
If their asylum applications are accepted, the migrants could then be transported safely to Europe.
The ministry is headed by Thomas de Maiziere, a member of chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats. Merkel has been under fire for her open-door refugee policy, with her party losing votes to the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AFD) in the recently held regional elections.
The ministry said there were no concrete plans or discussions at EU level about the proposal, but opposition politicians condemned the plan.
Bernd Riexinger, head of the opposition Left party, said it would be “a humanitarian scandal and a further step toward elimination of the right to asylum”, the paper reported.
He said asylum applications should be filed in Germany to ensure applicants had access to legal help and he called Australia’s treatment of migrants “absolutely unacceptable”
"More than 2,200 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean in a single day," Italy’s coast guard said. The International Organisation for migration said last month that 159,496 people had reach Italy by sea in 2016 and 4,220 died trying - a sharp increase from 3,777 in the whole of 2015.