Djamila is a 12-year-old Sudanese refugee living in Chad. She is an orphan who lives with her grandmother and younger siblings. It has been more than two years since she last went to school. Instead of going to school, she does household chores in the morning and then works in the market until 5 in the afternoon. She only eats once a day and what she earns at the market goes to supporting her family.
Laura Lora / JRS
Darfuri refugees arrived in eastern Chad after fleeing their homes when the ongoing conflict first broke out in 2003. They have been living in camps for 15 years. More refugees arrived in Chad after a second wave of violence in 2013, creating an entirely new generation of refugees who were born in refugee camps, knowing no other life. With the return of refugees to Sudan being unthinkable for the foreseeable future, the promotion of education integration of refugees in Chad is essential.
Since 2014, schools in refugee camps have been transitioning from the Darfuri to the Chadian academic curriculum. Not an easy process in such a context of displacement and humanitarian emergency. Accessing education is indeed a challenge in Chad: there are no school infrastructures or trained teachers. On top of these difficulties, sanitary facilities in the country are inadequate, and it is hard to access areas where potable water is available.
Since 2006, we have been working with Entreculturas to guarantee education to the displaced people living in8 of the 12 Sudanese refugee camps ineastern Chad. We work with more than 120 schools, providing pre-school through secondary education to more than 41,000 Sudanese refugee children and youth, like Djamila, and investing in the capacity 900 teachers.
In protracted situations, in which refugees are displaced for long periods of time, children’s education is essential to ensuring that there are no lost generations.
Together with Entreculturas, we accompany more than 14,500 refugee children in Lebanon, Chad, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.