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Annual Campaign 2011 - Dadaab | Print |

What: Even During the Famine in The Horn of Africa, Education is the Emergency

Where: Dadaab, refugee camp in Kenya, Eastern Africa


Who: AVSI Foundation with the Permanent Centre for Education (PCE) in Uganda

How and Why: To face the education emergency through the improvement of the quality of and access to education. Accomplished through the certification and continued support of teachers and through the construction of safe and friendly spaces where children and teenagers can spend their time, learn to read and write and receive psychosocial support.

When: 2011-2012

More information:

The Dadaab camp is 300 miles (500 km) from the capital city of Nairobi and about 50 miles (80 km) from the Somali border. Currently, the city of tents is home to 450,000 people, at least 54% of which are children and adolescents.

Teacher formation and certification courses are offered to residents of the camp in partnership with the Permanent Center for Education, a center inaugurated in January 2009 in Kampala, Uganda. The center was initiated to respond to the educational emergency in Africa and provides formation for teachers as well as professors, school administrators, parents, social workers and medical professionals.

“The most essential factor is the presence of someone with an attention for the person, not for the ‘refugee’, starting again from his or her dignity and augmenting hope. For AVSI, education is not merely transmitting information, but rather the instrument by which each individual can grow and discover his or her own value.”

See also: What is AVSI doing to help the refugees of Dadaab Camp?