UNHCR / ETHIOPIA TEACHER

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Schools and slowing getting back to normal after the lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic, but globally, refugees lag behind other children in school enrolment. Koat Reath, a South Sudanese refugee teacher in Ethiopia, is doing his part to make sure children in refugee camps get an education. UNHCR

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DATELINE: 20-30 AUGUST 2022, GAMBELLA, ETHIOPIA

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20 AUGUST 2022, GAMBELLA, ETHIOPIA

1. Wide shot, class

28 AUGUST 2022, GAMBELLA, ETHIOPIA

2. Various shots, Koat teaching a crowed classroom
3. SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Nyamani Pur, Student:
“I like how he teaches. He is very funny. I like that.”

20 AUGUST 2022, GAMBELLA, ETHIOPIA

4. Various shots, women attending class at Koat’s makeshift classroom
5. SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Nyachae Pol, Student:
“Mr. Koat is very special because he has always given his time to build up people, like adult women who don't have a chance to go to school.”
6. Wide shot, class in session under a tree
7. Med shot, Koat teaching
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Koat Reath, Teacher:
“I felt sad because my work, always all my life is to work - start from the morning up to the evening. So, this is my work. When the public school was closed, I was very sad. I'm not happy because I love these children. Even I worry.”
9. Various shots, Koat teaching inside a crowed makeshift structure
10. Various shots, class in session under a tree
11. Med shot, Koat squatting as he writes on a blackboard leaning on a tree
12. Close up, Koat’s face as he writes on the board
13. Med shot, students attending class outside
14. Various shots, graduated refugee students being celebrated as they walk back to the camp
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Koat Reath, Teacher:
“I have almost fifteen people who have gone to university. The good life for you is in school. School is for your life because the world of today, the world we are in, the people who are in this world, they are very wise. I advise them, please it is better to learn not to sit idly, idly sitting is not good. When they finish from university they will go to South Sudan and find a job.”
16. Various shots, Koat teaching under a tree
17. Various shots, Koat teaching and students singing

STORYLINE:

Schools and slowing getting back to normal after the lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic, but globally, refugees lag behind other children in school enrolment. Koat Reath, a South Sudanese refugee teacher in Ethiopia, is doing his part to make sure children in refugee camps get an education.

The refugee teacher believes that education is the key to a brighter future in his homeland of South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Nyamani Pur, Student:
“I like how he teaches. He is very funny. I like that.”

SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Nyachae Pol, Student:
“Mr. Koat is very special because he has always given his time to build up people, like adult women who don't have a chance to go to school.”

With almost a decade of teaching under his belt, Reath knows a thing or two about holding his students’ attention, but this can be difficult in Jewi refugee camp where more than 100 children are crammed into one classroom at any time.

Luckily, this South Sudanese refugee teacher has energy levels that easily match those of the children in his class with whom he shared a difficult past. He is one of over 2 million refugees from South Sudan - currently Africa’s largest refugee crisis.

SOUNDBITE (English) Koat Reath, Teacher:
“I felt sad because my work, always all my life is to work - start from the morning up to the evening. So, this is my work. When the public school was closed, I was very sad. I'm not happy because I love these children. Even I worry.”

Over 60 percent of those displaced are children - an entire generation whose only chance at a better future is education.

SOUNDBITE (English) Koat Reath, Teacher:
“I have almost fifteen people who have gone to university. The good life for you is in school. School is for your life because the world of today, the world we are in, the people who are in this world, they are very wise. I advise them, please it is better to learn not to sit idly, idly sitting is not good. When they finish from university they will go to South Sudan and find a job.”

Resources are limited, classes are overcrowded and daily challenges including trauma in children, not having clothes to wear and enough food to eat are enormous. Teachers like Koat, who are also refugees are doing their part to safeguard the future of their nation’s children.

Globally, only 68 percent of refugee children enroll in primary school. 37 percent in secondary school. And just 6 percent in university.
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