CHAD / SUDANESE REFUGEES EDUCATION

12-Sep-2022 00:05:10
According to the UN Refugee Agency, Sudanese refugees and their hosts in Chad face challenges in delivering education. UNHCR
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STORY: CHAD / SUDANESE REFUGEES EDUCATION
TRT: 5:10
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / NATS
DATELINE: 23-24 APRIL 2022, KOUCHAGUINE CAMP, CHAD
SHOTLIST
1. Aerial shots, Kouchagine-Moura camp
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hassanie Ahmad Hussein, Sudanese refugee, teacher:
“Before I came to this refugee camp, I used to be a teacher.”
3. Various shots, Hassanie walking through camp
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hassanie Ahmad Hussein, Sudanese refugee, teacher:
“My name is Hassanie Ahmad Omar Hussein. I am from West Darfur in El Geneina.”
5. Med shot, Hassanie teaching, students, classroom
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hassanie Ahmad Hussein, Sudanese refugee, teacher:
“I graduated from university with a degree in Psychology. I worked hard, step by step, until I graduated.”
7. Various shots, Hassanie teaching, students, classroom
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hassanie Ahmad Hussein, Sudanese refugee, teacher:
“I see education and educators as more important than anything else. When I teach future generations, even if I don't get a financial reward, my reward comes from God. And for me, every time.”
9. Various shots, students, classroom
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hassanie Ahmad Hussein, Sudanese refugee, teacher:
“I teach, I remember a lot of what I have learned, and it helps me support teachers and students. Some students in this school suffer from psychological trauma and family problems. During class, I can help them deal with what they are going through.”
11. Various shots, students, classroom
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hassanie Ahmad Hussein, Sudanese refugee, teacher:
“I see some students in this school suffer from psychological trauma and family problems. During class, I can help them deal with what they are going through.”
13. Various shots, students, classroom
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hassanie Ahmad Hussein, Sudanese refugee, teacher:
“What is important for me is to further my higher education, getting my masters and studying even further to equip and develop myself. That will make me very happy. This will allow me to help people in need.”
15. Various shots, Hassanie, students, classroom
16. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hassanie Ahmad Hussein, Sudanese refugee, teacher:
“I have 95 pupils. There are 67 boys and 28 girls. “
17. Various shots, Hassanie, students, classroom
18. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hassanie Ahmad Hussein, Sudanese refugee, teacher:
“In Sudan, we teach in classic Arabic, but because we are here now, I follow the Chadian curriculum, so there is no difficulty or difference between both.”
19. Various shots, Hassanie teaching students under tree
20. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hassanie Ahmad Hussein, Sudanese refugee, teacher:
I understand the language and know the books being used. I read them and then explained everything to the students.
21. Various shots, students learning under tree
22. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hassanie Ahmad Hussein, Sudanese refugee, teacher:
What is essential for me is to further my higher education, get my master’s, and study even further to equip and develop myself. That will make me very happy. This will allow me to help people in need.
23. Various shots, Hassanie guiding a student at the blackboard under a tree
24. Various shots, Hassanie walking away
25. Aerial shots, Kouchagine, Moura camp
STORYLINE
According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Sudanese refugees and their hosts in Chad face challenges in delivering education.

With an influx of refugees from Sudan to eastern Chad, UNHCR and its partners are providing vital support for the education of refugee children.

Thousands of Sudanese refugees have fled Darfur to Chad in recent years.

Recurrent fighting in the troubled region has forced people to abandon their homes and seek safety in neighbouring countries.

Around 400,000 Darfur refugees have lived in Chad since the conflict began nearly two decades ago.

Kouchagine-Moura camp hosts around 14,000 Sudanese refugees who have fled clashes in Darfur since February 2020.

UNHCR has overseen the construction of two schools accommodating 2,500 pupils, with 24 latrines, two solar-powered boreholes, and four staff rooms.

Together with its partner, the Jesuit Refugee Service, UNHCR selected and trained a staff of 39 teachers drawn from the refugee and host community.

UNHCR and its partners ensure children's access to education by including them in the Chadian national education system and providing infrastructure and materials.

But despite these investments, as the camp continues to grow – with nearly 4,000 new arrivals since the start of the year – staff highlight the stark challenges they still face.

The average primary school class size is 163 students, and ten of the 17 classrooms in the two schools are held in the open air due to a lack of available space.
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