In the following article, scouts.org highlights AVSI's work with refugees in dadaab camp in partnership with Kenya Scouts Association
As an educational movement for young people, Scouting has a mission to contribute to the empowerment of young people to play a constructive role in society. It is this mission that guided Kenya Scouts Association and its partners to support UNHCR and other agencies working for protection and assistance to refugees. Through Scouting, the movement is assisting young people to learn, acquire essential skills, develop their leadership abilities and prepare them for life outside the refugee camps.
Scouting for Refugees at Dadaab
With the escalation of war and humanitarian crises across the Horn of Africa, the Kenyan Scouts strengthened by the World Scout Conference Resolution on Humanitarian Crisis passed in Brazil in 2011, decided to increase their efforts in working with refugee children and young people. The Scouting for Refugees Programme was born out of a partnership with AVSI Foundation in 2012 and has been running at Dadaab ever since.
Implemented in all 22 primary and secondary schools across the four camps, about 850 young people are currently benefiting from the programme with hundreds of others having transitioned through. A recent visit to four of these schools; Daidai Primary School, Friends Primary School, Ifo Secondary School in Ifo Camp and Amani primary School in Dagahaley Camp reveals just how transformative this programme continues to be. This was motivated by the fact that the camp alone has more school-going children than the average for the entire Garissa County.