New school term begins at the Dadaab refugee camp

child refugee at Dadaab refugee camp

Some 40,000 refugees from the largest refugee complex in the world, the Dadaab camp in Kenya, are preparing for the new school term, which starts on Monday.

The arrival of 154,000 new refugees from Somalia this year, more than half of whom are children, has added to the already pressing needs at Dadaab.

Adrian Edwards, Spokesman for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says more classrooms, desks, stationery, textbooks and teachers are all desperately needed.

“For the 156,000 school-age children at Dadaab there is currently one teacher per 100 pupils – and most of the teachers are themselves refugees. Enrolment remains low at 42 per cent for primary and five per cent for secondary schools. In the case of girls, enrolment is significantly lower. Overall, some 75 additional schools, or 1800 classrooms, we estimate, are urgently needed.”

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Few of the newly arrived children have had any formal education in Somalia.

To help them settle in, an accelerated learning programme has been set up to teach basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Fifteen hundred children between the ages of five and 13 are taking part in the programme.

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