The United Republic of Tanzania hosts more than 242,400 refugees and asylum-seekers, mainly from Burundi (180,786) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC; 65,000). The majority are hosted by the Government of Tanzania in three refugee camps in north western Tanzania.
Since the beginning of the influx in April 2015, caused by the start of the sociopolitical crisis Burundi is facing after the troubled elections and the failed coup d’état, some 180,786 Burundians have fled to Tanzania, making this country the largest host of Burundian refugees in the region, as all new arrivals from Burundi are granted prima facie refugee status.
Some 58 per cent of the refugee population is composed of children below the age of 18. With a student to classroom ratio of 200:1; there is a critical need to build additional infrastructure and expand access to all levels of education. Additionally, trained teachers and educational materials are needed to provide quality education.
To respond to those needs, JRS reopened its base in Kibondo in November 2016, where a small local team coordinates activities to promote access to quality preschool, primary, and secondary education in the Mtendeli camp, where living standards are poor for children and other vulnerable refugees.
With the support of Alboan, Entreculturas, Funds For Women, and the Irish Society of Jesus from, this intervention seeks to enhance the access to quality education for young refugee boys and girls as well as increase their capacities to overcome social and psychosocial troubles.
Teacher training and school equipment are provided to the three schools inside the camp, in order to improve educational skills, the quality of the offered education, and to strengthen their administrative and managerial capacities. Also, most vulnerable students from preschool, primary, and secondary education have access to suitable school materials through the kits they receive. Moreover, students in the last years of primary and secondary education will benefit from special training and support to prepare for the national exams according to the Burundian system.
young refugees improve their knowledge about prevention of problems related to drug use, teenage pregnancy, or gender violence through awareness-raising and they also participate in leisure and sport activities such as film and sports .
Furthermore, due to the harsh psychosocial living conditions in the camp, identifying those families most in need, and implementing awareness-raising activities and individual home visits promotes greater psychosocial welfare.
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JRS Great Lakes Africa is one of 10 geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organization sponsored by the Society of Jesus. The regional office coordinates the delivery of education, housing, psychosocial and recreational services, as well emergency assistance and support to become self-sufficient, to vulnerable refugee and other displaced populations in Tanzania, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo.
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