Kenya: Education unit lobbies for inclusion of refugee students in the mainstream education of the country
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In the education sector and within the camps, UNHCR and partners provide both formal and non-formal basic and secondary education to refugees. In Dadaab, there are 73,394 learners enrolled in ECD, primary and secondary schools. This includes 1,761 students accessing primary and secondary education through the accelerated education programme (AEP). Integration of ICT into learning has been made possible through Vodafone Foundation’s Instant Network Schools (INS) programme. 13 solar powered learning centers have been set up in Dadaab where children and teachers can access local digital educational content as well as the internet over Safaricom mobile network.
Education partners have employed innovative approaches to the delivery of tertiary education through improving access without compromising on quality. Post-secondary education is provided through vocational skills in Kakuma (1 centre) and Dadaab (4 centres) to about 2000 youth. E-learning is offered in Kakuma through Jesuits Commons Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) and Strathmore University. In Kakuma, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology has been conducting diploma teacher training sessions to build the pedagogical competencies of the refugee teachers who form the bulk of the teaching workforce.
The Education Unit forges good working relations with Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, County Education Department and education partners through consultative fora and educational management engagements. Education for refugee children and young people is a critical aspect of UNHCR’s international protection mandate. Education also contributes to long-term solutions for refugees, ensuring that displaced generations are equipped to rebuild their lives and communities – either in the country of asylum, upon their return home or on resettlement to another country. UNHCR partners with the following partners to provide education in the camps and in urban centers; Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Windle Trust Kenya (WTK), Islamic Relief Kenya (IRK), CARE, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), RET International, AVSI, Save the Children International (SCI), Don Bosco, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Xavier Project, UNICEF and Danish Refugee Council (DRC) among others.
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These children belong to refugee families in Lebanon. Some of them arrived only a few weeks ago, while others who have managed to escape the war in Iraq and Syria have been here for two years. They are Christians and Muslims, and learn to hang out together in this special school.
Having lived through violence, persecution for religious reasons, and lack of electricity and food have left wounds that are difficult to heal.
Diana, AVSI Foundation: “Children in general are not easy to deal with. Especially children that are emotionally traumatized. They are special cases. You have to be very careful in how you speak to them. You have to give them a very safe environment. They want to feel loved, they want to feel protected, they want to feel safe. And I think that here, in our school, that is our most important goal: to make the children feel safe, before anything else.”
Some of the younger ones, like Mohamad who is almost a teenager, have experienced closed schools back in their countries for several years.
Diana, AVSI Foundation: “It’s difficult because, first of all they are learning things that they should have learned at a younger age and are now learning at an older age. That is the most difficult part. Second of all, discipline. They are not disciplined. They don’t know the rules of a classroom. So what we do is to introduce them to the rules in the beginning. We told them what you can do, what you can’t do, group study sessions, interactive learning… We try to make it as interesting as possible, so that they can be excited to learn.”
Fortunately, the fruits of education that the school passes along are appreciated during the first week of lessons.
Diana, AVSI Foundation: “I don’t want them to start learning, you know, all the letters and the numbers right away, but the simpler things, like asking for permission before speaking, for example, or writing in neat handwriting and not just scraping the paper. Those are huge improvements. They are huge. And, you know, from week to week I noticed a huge improvement in the kids”.
This initiative is one of the 20 schools that are being managed by the AVSI Foundation in Lebanon that follows the Social Doctrine of the Church.
Jihane Rahal, AVSI Foundation: “Even just playing together without hurting each other, without arguing and so on is something, it’s a wonderful achievement. Just being able to see them play, like now, during the recreational activity they have during rest, say, after one class and another. When they come here to play ball, they are together, they talk to each other. We try to pass on these simple values that will serve them for life.”
More than 10,000 children benefit from these educational centers, which open a door of hope for refugee children.
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The rainy season has always been a nightmare for Afonso Chirindze and his family. As residents of the George Dimitrov informal settlement, four months of rain and the flooding that followed would bring tremendous hardships.
“We would be literally swamped, and would spend a lot more on health care,” said Chirindze, 67. “For a long time, the lack of proper drainage systems and urban planning were at the root causes of that.”
That was before the neighborhood, located in the northern area of Maputo, was upgraded with new drainage systems and paved access roads, as part of the Maputo Municipal Development Program.
“Now I can move around with ease along the paved walkways and streets of the neighborhood,” Chirindze said, with a large smile. “My children no longer need to move away to higher grounds and stay with relatives. And malaria, which was pervasive during that period, is now becoming something of the past.”
With support from the World Bank, the upgrades were completed under the second phase of the program, known as ProMaputo II. About 40,000 residents of the George Dimitrov neighborhood directly benefited from the urban upgrading, including 2,000 children whose school -- which would be closed for months due to flooding-- was completely renovated.
The George Dimitrov community actively participated during the project formulation by jointly defining priorities and during implementation, and project monitoring and management.
As part of the implementation, the Municipal Council forged partnerships with foundations such as the AVSI Foundation, as well as with the Faculty of Architecture of Eduardo Mondlane University to produce prototype stalls for vendors selling clothes and food products along the public roads and markets. For this purpose, each vendor acquired a stall, paying 30% of the actual value while the remaining 70% was financed by the AVSI Foundation.
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 9 January 2017 – Around three months ago hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, disrupting the lives of over two million people. In addition to the personal losses of homes and crops, more than 716 schools, numerous health facilities, and the existing sanitation infrastructure all suffered damage. Today, 1.4 million people in Haiti, including 600,000 children, require humanitarian assistance.
UNICEF is working with the Government and other partners to address the immediate basic needs of children and families, ensuring that these interventions lay the foundation for rehabilitation and resilience.
In collaboration with the IBESR (Ministry of Social Affairs), UNICEF is reaching 4,468 children with basic needs assistance including hygiene kits, blankets and food, as well as documentation assistance for documents lost in the hurricane.
UNICEF also supports child friendly spaces that provide children between the ages of 3 and 17 with a safe environment to play and be themselves, despite the challenging circumstances.
“Following hurricane Matthew we found that many children in the CFS [child friendly spaces] have had nightmares or panic attacks. Their trauma manifested in the children’s’ behaviour, in their drawings,” says Laura Gabrici, protection manager with AVSI Foundation, an international NGO working in partnership with UNICEF. “Often these children are very concerned about the fate of people dear to them, especially their parents, fearing that those people may disappear at any time in their lives. They are constantly afraid of being left alone.”
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In January, AVSI-USA will be presenting two debut screenings of an award-winning documentary about Crecemos, an education and nutrition center in Oaxaca, Mexico, a long-term partner of the international NGO.
THE AWAKENED HEART first screening will take place in New York on January 14, 2017, as part of the New York Encounter, and in Washington DC, on January 25, 2017, at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Screenings will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Executive Director of Crecemos, Maria del Socorro del Rio.
Co-directed by Giovanni Morricone and Simonetta D'Italia, the short documentary The Awakened Heart was shot entirely over three and a half days in November 2015, in the slums of Oaxaca. Crecemos is located in the most dangerous neighborhood of Oaxaca City.
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En enero, AVSI-USA estará presentando por primera vez la proyección del documental “The Awakened Heart”, acerca del centro de educación y nutrición “Crecemos”, una organización de la sociedad civil que implementa estrategias integrales de Educación y Nutrición para disminuir el rezago social de niñas, niños y jóvenes de zonas rurales y periurbanas del estado de Oaxaca, México.
La presentación del documental en Washington D.C., será el 25 de enero, 2017, en el Instituto Cultural de México y luego de la proyección se tendrá una conversación con la Directora Ejecutiva de Crecemos, María del Socorro del Río.
Co-dirigida por Giovanni Morricone y Simonetta D’Italia, el corto documental “The Awakened Herat”, fue filmado totalmente durante tres días y medio en noviembre 2015, en las zonas pobres de Oaxaca.
The Awakened Heart, transporta a los asistentes dentro del hogar de Carlos Avedaño Salas, un joven de 10 años y su familia cuyas vidas han sido transformadas a través del servicio dedicado y acompañamiento suministrado por el personal de Crecemos en los años recién pasados.
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President Yoweri Museveni has reiterated his call to all people in the country to abandon subsistence agriculture in favor of modern commercial farming for both food and financial security. He also advised them to stop the culture of land fragmentation through property inheritance a practice that fuels poverty.
President Museveni made the remarks yesterday during his tour at Bamwe Agro Technologies Company, an Apple growing project located in Buyanja sub-county, Rubabo County, Rukungiri district. The company has apples nursery bed on an acre of land, with seedlings ready for sale to farmers, a special refrigerated room for seed germination and an orchard of 7,552 apple trees on a 40 acre of land that were planted in 2014. The project is recorded as the biggest in the country and has benefited about 145, 000 farmers in the region.
The Chief Executive Officer of Bamwe Technologies Mr. Reuben Mwesigye said that 320 apple trees, if well looked after in ten years, can make returns of 24,000,000/= annually. Bamwe Technologies is also supported by AVSI an Italian non-profit making government agency in terms of training on apples growing.
Present at the function was the Minister of State for Security Brigadier General Henry Tumukunde, Rubabo county MP Hon. Paula Turyahikayo, AVSI country RepresenTAtive Mr. Samuel Otim Rizzo, among others.
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We are glad to announce that our project ‘Carbon Finance for families in Mozambique’ together with the project ‘Clean Energy Promotion through Microfinance in Ethiopia’ operated by a consortium of organizations and led by the Finland-based Gaia Consulting Oy, have tied in first place for the 2016 Best Climate Practices Award with the theme ‘Expanding access to Climate Financing’.
According to the judges, “Carbon Finance for families in Mozambique” implemented by CarbonSink together with AVSI and Cloros Srl used in an exemplary way the Climate Finance to promote energy efficiency, conservation of natural resources and at the same time improving the living conditions of the population of the area and contributing to climate change mitigation.
CarbonSink thanked the team of judges consisting of representatives: International Center for Climate Governance, Green Growth Knowledge Platform and Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice, Green Climate Fund, UNFCCC, UNEP Inquiry and everyone who voted for our project online!
Best Practices Contest Awards 2016: Winners Announcement
By Moses Mugalu, http://allafrica.com, Uganda
A coffee festival that seeks to motivate the youth to pay more attention to agribusiness will be held at Namboole on November 4.
The second annual coffee festival, which is organised by different organizations, aims to try and place youth as key drivers of the growth of coffee consumption and exports, which have recently dropped.
Joseph Nkandu, the executive director of Nucafe, one of the institutions organizing, said the festival could also reduce the high percentage of youth unemployment.
"The youth should embrace coffee agribusiness right from primary production through value addition and marketing because the coffee subsector has a huge potential to create businesses run by the youth, wealth, jobs and adds momentum to government's effort of boosting coffee production and export," he said during a stakeholders' meeting held at Namboole recently ahead of the main November event.
Government plans to have a strong coffee industry by increasing the annual coffee production from 3.2 million to 10 million 60-kg bags by 2018. The country also plans to boost annual output to 20 million bags by 2020 by planting 900 million trees in three years through June 2019.
Recent developments have shown that the industry has slumped. The volume of coffee produced in the financial year 2014/15 decreased from 3.7 million 60kg bags worth $425.4m in financial year 2013/14 to 3.24 million bags worth $410m.
Samuele Rizzo, the chief of party for Skilling Youth for Employment in Agribusiness project, under AVSI foundation, which is also partner of the organisers, said more emphasis must be focused on empowering the youth with practical agribusiness skills that can help them compete for both local and international jobs.
By Faridhah Kulabako published on www.newvision.co.ug
Coffee farmers will soon have their incomes guaranteed irrespective of the weather conditions if the planned coffee drought insurance that seeks to mitigate losses is launched next month.
The Agriculture Reinsurance Consultants will in partnership with the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe) launch the insurance cover at the second Uganda National Coffee festival slated for November 4, at Namboole Stadium to help coffee farmers mitigate risks of drought.
The national coffee festival being organised by Nucafe in partnership with AVIS Foundation, Resilient Africa Network, Uganda Free Zone and Agriculture Reinsurance Consultants will, among others, exhibit the latest innovations in coffee, role of coffee in health and offer coffee value chain skilling and training to enable the youth create employment along the coffee value chain.
Samuel Otim Rizzo, chief of party, Skilling Youth for Employment in Agribusiness (SKY) project, said Uganda has a huge mismatch between what is taught and the skills that the labour market demand, which needs to be bridged to reduce the high unemployment rate.
SKY is an International Charity Foundation that identifies gaps in agribusiness entities and then builds their capacity to deliver marketable skills to the youth.
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