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  1. Saida Aden Said: I still have
    this horrific image in my mind.
  2. I could see people falling down,
  3. gunshots.
  4. I was so terrified.
  5. Really, I was crying a lot.
  6. Someone who knew my father and my mom
    grabbed my hand, and he said,
  7. "Let's go! Let's go! Let's go!"
  8. And I was like, "Where's my mom?
    My mom? My mom?"
  9. Noria Dambrine Dusabireme:
    During nights we would hear shots,

  10. we would hear guns.
  11. Elections were supposed to happen.
  12. We had young people going in the street,
  13. they were having strikes.
  14. And most of the young people died.
  15. SAS: We boarded a vehicle.

  16. It was overloaded.
  17. People were running for their lives.
  18. That is how I fled from Somalia.
  19. My mom missed me.
  20. Nobody told her where I went.
  21. NDD: The fact that
    we did not go to school,

  22. we couldn't go to the market,
    we were just stuck home
  23. made me realize that if I got an option
    to go for something better,
  24. I could just go for it
    and have a better future.
  25. (Music)

  26. Ignazio Matteini: Globally,
    displaced people in the world

  27. have been increasing.
  28. Now there are almost 60 million
    people displaced in the world.
  29. And unfortunately, it doesn't stop.
  30. Chrystina Russell: I think
    the humanitarian community

  31. is starting to realize
    from research and reality
  32. that we're talking about
    a much more permanent problem.
  33. Baylie Damtie Yeshita: These students,
    they need a tertiary education,

  34. a degree that they can use.
  35. If the students are living now in Rwanda,
  36. if they get relocated,
    still they can continue their study.
  37. Still, their degree is useful,
    wherever they are.
  38. CR: Our audacious project
    was to really test

  39. Southern New Hampshire University's
    Global Education Movement's
  40. ability to scale,
  41. to bring bachelor's degrees
    and pathways to employment
  42. to refugees and those who would otherwise
    not have access to higher education.
  43. SAS: It was almost impossible,
    as a refugee person,

  44. to further my education
    and to make my career.
  45. My name is Saida Aden Said,
  46. and I am from Somalia.
  47. I was nine years old
    when I came to Kakuma,
  48. and I started going to school at 17.
  49. Now I am doing my bachelor degree
  50. with SNHU.
  51. NDD: My name is Noria Dambrine Dusabireme.

  52. I'm doing my bachelor of arts
    in communications
  53. with a concentration in business.
  54. CR: We are serving students
    across five different countries:

  55. Lebanon, Kenya, Malawi,
    Rwanda and South Africa.
  56. Really proud to have 800 AA grads
    to over 400 bachelor's graduates
  57. and nearly 1,000 students
    enrolled right now.
  58. So, the magic of this is that we're
    addressing refugee lives as they exist.

  59. There are no classes.
  60. There are no lectures.
  61. There are no due dates.
  62. There are no final exams.
  63. This degree is competency-based
    and not time-bound.
  64. You choose when you start your project.
  65. You choose how
    you're going to approach it.
  66. NDD: When you open the platform,
    that's where you can see the goals.

  67. Under each goal, we can find projects.
  68. When you open a project,
    you get the competencies
  69. that you have to master,
  70. directions
  71. and overview of the project.
  72. CR: The secret sauce of SNHU

  73. is combining that
    competency-based online learning
  74. with the in-person learning
    that we do with partners
  75. to provide all the wraparound supports.
  76. That includes academic coaching.
  77. It means psychosocial support,
  78. medical support,
  79. and it's also that back-end
    employment support
  80. that's really resulting
    in the 95 percent graduation,
  81. the 88 percent employment.
  82. NDD: I'm a social media management intern.

  83. It's related to the communications
    degree I'm doing.
  84. I've learned so many things
    out of the project and in the real world.
  85. CR: The structured internship
    is really an opportunity

  86. for students to practice their skills,
  87. for us to create connections
    between that internship
  88. and a later job opportunity.
  89. (Music)

  90. This is a model that really
    stops putting time

  91. and university policies
    and procedures at the center
  92. and instead puts the student
    at the center.
  93. IM: The SNHU model
    is a big way to shake the tree.

  94. Huge.
  95. It's a huge shake to the traditional way
    of having tertiary education here.
  96. BDY: It can transform
    the lives of students

  97. from these vulnerable
    and refugee communities.
  98. NDD: If I get the degree,

  99. I can just come back and work
    everywhere that I want.
  100. I can go for a masters
    confidently in English,
  101. which is something that
    I would not have dreamt of before.
  102. And I have the confidence
    and the skills required
  103. to actually go out
    and just tackle the workplace
  104. without having to fear
    that I can't make it.
  105. SAS: I always wanted
    to work with the community.

  106. I want to establish a nonprofit.
  107. We advocate for women's education.
  108. I want to be someone
    who is, like, an ambassador
  109. and encourage them to learn
  110. and tell them it is never too late.
  111. It's a dream.