RESPECT University

RESPECT University is an initiative of RESPECT International, Canada.

RESPECT University was established to provide post-secondary instruction to refugees and internally displaced students under the guidance of tutors or mentors from around the world. We see this as a logical extension of the mission of RESPECT International and its partner organizations of associates and affiliates to link refugee and non-refugee schools worldwide.

RESPECT Liberia through the support of its affiliates and international delegates seek to a community resource center in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia to test the feasibility of RESPECT University. RESPECT Liberia will work with the Ministry of Education (MoE) of Liberia to address any issues when it comes to accreditation of certificate programs

RESPECT Liberia will work with the Ministry of Education (MoE) of Liberia to address any issues relative to the accreditation process so that prospective students taking RESPECT University courses can receive recognizable credentials. RESPECT Liberia in collaboration with RESPECT University will recruit the best tutors and mentors that are experts in areas or courses designated as priorities areas for the Liberia. However, the initial method of contact will follow the initial process established by RESPECT International as mentioned below.

To accomplish this:

  • We use experienced teachers who want to use their knowledge and experience to help teach students in refugee schools.
  • Many of our tutors develop their own curriculum on a subject in one of their areas of expertise.
  • RESPECT International then matches the tutor with a group of students. RESPECT facilitates the initial contact between the tutor and the student and helps, as needed, to coordinate the learning process.
  • Each class normally consists of six students.
  • Teaching and learning are carried out by correspondence, using conventional postal mail services, although contact with local coordinators is maintained via email. The tutor sends a series of assignments which the students complete and then return to the teacher for comments and feedback. (Each assignment can take a month or more to be returned to the tutor because of limited postal service to areas occupied by refugees.)

It is against this backdrop that RESPECT Liberia seeks to actively work with RESPECT International to use RESPECT University for the post-secondary education of students in Liberia.

If you are an experienced teacher and are interested in volunteering to be a tutor in Liberia, please complete our Tutor Information form. You will be asked for your name, contact details, qualifications and experience, subjects taught, and so on. Our coordinator will contact you, usually by email, within a week to discuss available opportunities.

If you are someone working with refugee or internally displaced students, and you feel your students would benefit from the educational opportunities RESPECT University can offer, complete a request form.

You will be asked for contact details, number of students, subjects of interest, and so on. Our coordinator evaluates your request and determines whether volunteers are available to meet your needs. Once that is completed, we will be in touch with the contact listed in the request.

In the future, we hope to expand the role of the University by:

  • providing online courses on the website for print out or for online study
  • converting the course information and assignments from successful courses into web pages, to provide an on-line resource bank of learning materials.

If you have any questions or comments about RESPECT University, you can email our coordinator at university@respectrefugees.org.

RESPECT University short-term professional development courses to be offered for students in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia:

  1. Project Management
  2. Project & Proposal Writing
  3. Monitoring & Evaluation
  4. Organizational Management
  5. Financial Management
  6. Grants Writing
  7. Technical Reporting
  8. Institutional Sustainability
  9. Auditing