advocates take action for refugee education: celebrating young Black history-makers

By: Results Canada Published: 09/02/2024

In honour of #BlackHistoryMonth and our 2024 campaign to #ReachEveryChild, Results Canada is paying tribute to 10 incredible young Black history-makers in global health, education, nutrition, climate, and gender equality throughout February. Delve into the inspiring stories of these young leaders who are rewriting the narrative and shaping the future through their unwavering commitment to transformative and participatory social justice. Join us in honouring them and their visions for a better future – and better history – for future generations.

Nhial Deng

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Nhial Deng is a 25-year-old South Sudanese refugee, writer, youth advocate, and community activist. He spent 11 years in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and is now a third-year undergraduate student at Huron University in Canada. Nhial recently won the prestigious Global Student Prize for his work helping thousands of youth and women impacted by war. And here’s why:

As a youth leader and community activist, Nhial initiated several projects while in the refugee camp. He started The Refugee Youth Peace Ambassadors initiative in 2017 to support peace-building, youth empowerment, and social entrepreneurship, which has helped over 20,000 youth. He then established SheLeads Kakuma in 2021, a leadership, advocacy, and mentorship program for women in refugee camps in Kenya, aiming to promote gender equality. During the pandemic, Nhial launched a digital awareness campaign to counter misinformation that reached more than 40,000 people in and around Kakuma.

Today, Nhial remains an active advocate for refugees, education, and meaningful youth engagement. He is currently the coordinator of the Global Refugee Education Council, sits on many advisory boards and is involved in several global youth movements.

Learn more about Nhial:

‘There are no better experts on refugees than refugees’: Nhial Deng on why politicians need to listen (The Guardian)

Nhial's Instagram

Valery Bishala

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Valery Bishala is a 25-year-old refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who was resettled to Canada in 2022 through the World University Service of Canada.

In 2015, following the tragic loss of his family, Valery sought refuge in Uganda. Despite his strong desire for education – which his mother always encouraged him to pursue – he encountered many difficulties accessing it as a young refugee. Valery is also a male survivor of sexual violence, and he strives to raise awareness about this issue, particularly the lack of recognition for male survivors.

Valery is passionate about technology and social action, actively participating as a youth and peace ambassador. He is the Founder and Chairperson of the LuQuLuQu Kampala Youth Club and a dedicated member of the Men of Hope Refugee Association Uganda (MOHRAUG). He is also currently a member of the Global Refugee Education Council and a proud student enrolled in social science (profile of Global Affairs) at the Cégep de Sherbrooke University.

Learn more about Valery:

'Refugee voices must drive refugee education'

Results Canada #ChampionChildrenInEmergencies campaign video

Our Black History Month profiles were drafted and edited in collaboration with the nominated individuals where and when possible. For further comments or questions, please reach out to us at

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