EGYPT / SUDANESE REFUGEE EDUCATION

21-Feb-2018 00:02:07
Nousa came to Egypt as a refugee from Sudan three years ago with one simple ambition, to secure an education for herself and pave a future for her family. A school in Cairo attended largely by refugee children from Sudan and South Sudan is helping her do just that. UNHCR
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STORY: EGYPT / SUDANESE REFUGEE EDUCATION
TRT: 02:07
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 20 NOVEMBER 2017, CAIRO, EGYPT
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1. Close up, Nousa’s face inside classroom
2. Med shot, students in classroom
3. Med shot, teacher giving a lecture inside classroom
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nousa Saber Sleiman, Sudanese refugee:
“Education is everything in our time. The best thing is for me is to continue my education so I can help them [my family] and be a role model for my younger siblings and they follow suit.’’
Wide shot, classroom
5. Rack focus, student
6. Med shot, teacher
7. Med shot, student taking notes
8. Close up, hand on book
9. Med shot, student taking notes
10. Wide shot, classroom
11. Various shots, playground
12. Various shots, Nousa standing with her friends in the playground
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Nousa Saber Sleiman, Sudanese refugee:
‘’When we left Sudan, we faced difficult circumstances. We didn’t find anyone to help us.’’
14. Wide shot, Nousa helping siblings with homework
15. Med shot, Nousa’s mother
16. Close up, Nousa’s mother
17. Various shots, Nousa and helping siblings with homework
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Nousa Saber Sleiman, Sudanese refugee:
“[Education] is really important to me because I when I grow up I want to help my mother and my sibling. I am the only one who can help them because I am the eldest.”
19. Various shots, Nousa, her mother, and baby sister standing on the balcony
20. Close up, Nousa’s face
STORYLINE
Nousa came to Egypt as a refugee from Sudan three years ago with one simple ambition, to secure an education for herself and pave a future for her family. A school in Cairo attended largely by refugee children from Sudan and South Sudan is helping her do just that.

Nousa attends the Sacred Heart Church school, which has 400 pupils, the majority from Sudan and South Sudan. It is among more than 70 such community refugee schools throughout Cairo, and receives assistance from the Catholic Relief Services, an NGO supported by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

SOUNDBITE (English) Nousa Saber Sleiman, Sudanese refugee:
“Education is everything in our time. The best thing is for me is to continue my education so I can help them [my family] and be a role model for my younger siblings and they follow suit.’’

Egypt is currently host to more than 221,000 refugees from 56 different countries, with Syrians and Sudanese alone accounting for three-quarters of that number. Some 40 percent of all Syrian and Sudanese refugees in the country are school-age children, and the Egyptian government grants them access to public education on an equal footing with Egyptians.

In the current academic year more than 52,000 refugee children are enrolled in schools in Egypt, and UNHCR is providing education grants to 37,000 students. It also supports the education ministry with teacher training, school refurbishment, and equipment, furniture and other supplies

Nousa is among approximately 13,000 African students attending the community refugee schools. It is a chance for African refugees to pursue their education. If successful, the students can apply to go to university.

Nousa was only 13 when her father died and the family fled. She came to Egypt with her mother and 9 siblings

SOUNDBITE (English) Nousa Saber Sleiman, Sudanese refugee:
‘’When we left Sudan, we faced difficult circumstances. We didn’t find anyone to help us.’’

Nousa’s mother supports the family, but Nousa feels the responsibility, too.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nousa Saber Sleiman, Sudanese refugee:
“[Education] is really important to me because I when I grow up I want to help my mother and my sibling. I am the only one who can help them because I am the eldest.”

Nousa is in her senior year. With any luck, she will be attending university next year.
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