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By : Rédaction , mardi 28 mars 2017  à 09 : 20 : 49
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A Burundi refugee in Malawi Remy Gakwaya launched in 2016 a computer programming school where he teaches himself. The school known as TakenoLab is inside Dzalaka refugee camp, 70km from Lilongwe Malawi capital.

“It is inspiring to see something that I create myself. Here in the refugee camp you are not free to do anything. We aren’t able to work outside of the camp. However, if you do programming, you can do it from anywhere in the world and be paid for that”, Remy Gakwaya was quoted as saying, by the UNHCR.

The 22 years old Burundian who fled to Malawi teaches to other refugees Java, Python, MYSQLITE, Android Development, and the like, he said.

Remy Gakwaya left Burundi after his parents were killed and fled to Tanzania with his brother. However, UNHCR reports that the two guys decided to leave Tanzania to Malawi fearing to be recruited by armed groups.

In 2008, Gakwaya was in Malawi where he attended secondary school and attended also online programs backed by Jesuits catholic order.

According to sources, Gakwaya was seen by Microsoft as a brilliant young man, thus was appointed as Microfost Connectivity Ambassador, along with 30 other young refugees of the same camp.

Gakwaya, who started teaching young refugees using printed keyboards, computers and mouse pictures, is now able to teach using the internet given by Microsoft and C3. C3 is Microsoft contractor in Malawi sources say.

The Gakwaya team also was given 100 smartphones by Microsoft, and will be distributed to individuals chosen by Malawi Government, UNHCR, Plan Malawi and the Jesuit Refugee Services.

Dzalaka is a refugee camp located at 70km from Lilongwe. It hosts 28,000 refugees mainly from Somalia, Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

Photo : UNHCR