Education alumna to deliver talk on education in Kenyan Refugee Camps


The Institute for Research on Digital Learning (IRDL) at York University will open its 2019-20 Speaker Series with a talk by Negin Dahya on “Feminist and Sociotechnical Perspectives on Education in Kenyan Refugee Camps” on Nov. 20.

Negin Dahya

Dahya has been conducting research on the topic of refugee education and technology since 2011 when she became involved with the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees project. In this talk, Dahya will address the roles of society and technology in relation to gender equity and education, and the much-needed next steps in education and technology research in refugee camp settings.

Drawn from interviews, surveys and focus group discussions with refugee women and men, Dahya’s work provides rich insight into the ways information and communication technologies support both access to higher education in the Dadaab refugee camps and teachers’ access to professional development and peer-to-peer support communities locally and globally in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.

Dahya completed her PhD from York University’s Faculty of Education and worked for five years at the University of Washington Information School in Seattle before returning to Toronto. Her current appointment at the University of Toronto is with the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and the Faculty of Information. She is a co-convener of the Inter-Network Agency for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Technology and Education Task Team.

The event will begin with an opening talk by Mohamed Duale on “Teachers in Displacement: Learning from the Dadaab Camps.”

It runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 305, York Lanes, Keele Campus. To learn more, visit the IRDL event page.