Chad: education for girls in Sudanese refugee camps, between obstacles and hope
N'Djamena, 11 September 2014 – Walking long distances to fetch water in the blistering desert heat of eastern Chad is not to be underestimated. It is one of the most arduous of tasks facing Sudanese women living in refugee camps in eastern Chad, a place where socio-cultural traditions tend to limit their role strictly to the domestic sphere: household chores, caring for large families and fetching water.
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Lebanon: space to learn
Beirut, 3 July 2014 – How can a country educate every child when its population has expanded by 25% in less than four years? Lebanon, a country of four million in 2010 is now hosting more than a million Syrian refugees, roughly half are school-aged. A country that is roughly the size of Delaware, or quarter the size of Switzerland – is at its widest point, only 70 km across.
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Central African Republic: safe spaces for children amid the chaos
Bangui, 25 June 2014 – JRS has set up safe spaces for children in a site for internally displaced people (IDPs) in battered Bangui. Teachers have been recruited and temporary sheds for classes and other activities were erected in early February in the camp at the Monastery of Boy Rabe.
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Video: Lebanon, space to learn
Beirut, 23 June 2014 – How can a country educate every child when its population has expanded by 25% in less than four years? To address the needs of Syrian refugee students, some Lebanese schools have two shifts to double their capacity. Others have to turn people away. In communities around the country, from the Bekaa Valley to the Mediterranean coast, the Jesuit Refugee Service is creating schools for Syrian children in areas where educational opportunities weren't previously available.
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Burma: education is the way forward
Bangkok, 10 January 2014 – When her husband is away, Bo Meh's life is limited to the confines of her palm-thatched home, which leans dangerously over the dusty compound where her two older sons, aged five and three, run barefoot to the neighbour's plot of land, just a few feet away. In the village for internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Noilebeau, Kayah State, Bo Meh has done her best to support her family and to educate herself as well.
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Afghanistan: seeking peace, focusing on education
Washington DC, 28 December 2013 — The Jesuit Refugee Service has accompanied and served internally displaced persons in Afghanistan for eight years by providing education at various levels, teacher training, vocational training and livelihoods programmes to build up human and material resources for the sustainable development of vulnerable groups.
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Turkey: integrating refugee children into public schools
Kirrikale, 19 December 2013 – Most refugees in Turkey do not see a future for themselves there; rather, they long for resettlement to a third country, mostly to the US. Likewise, the Turkish state takes a similar view. Although refugees are granted 'temporary asylum-seeker status', Turkey does not recognise refugees emanating from outside Europe. However, with substantial pressure to establish a comprehensive asylum law in Turkey and massive increases in refugee arrivals, local integration seems to be the only viable option.
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Malawi: imagine yourself, a refugee
Dzaleka, 3 December 2013 – Beautiful and haunting imagery electrified Trésor Nzengu Mpauni's poem "Imagine" during one afternoon performance in Dzaleka refugee camp. The poem, at first serene, gained momentum with such emotion and intensity that the ending was a powerful reminder not only of his struggle, but the struggles of many refugees.
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Asia Pacific: reading between the lines to decipher refugee literacy needs
Bangkok, 24 September 2013 – Falling on the second Sunday of September, International Literacy Day in 2013 bears witness to both movement and standstills in progress towards the Asia Pacific region achieving the UN Millennium Development Goal of reaching universal literacy by 2015.
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Syria: violence in Damascus fuels hopelessness, fear
Damascus, 7 September 2013 — As Pope Francis leads a vigil for peace this evening in St Peter's Square in Rome, the people of Damascus face another day of fear, violence and uncertainty in the face of a conflict that seems to grow in ferocity with each passing moment.
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