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School of  integration

 

ico educazione internariunione comunitariaSupport to community self-management of the Central African refugee camps and strengthening of access to quality education in a process of integration between the refugee and native population of southern Chad

 

 WHERE

Chad, District of Nya Pende, Goré; District of Grand Sido, Maro; District of Haraze/Mangueigne, Haraze.

 

 

DURATION

From 2010 to 2016

 

CONTEXT

Since 2003, a vast number of refugees coming from the Central African Republic, disrupted by the civil war, poured into southern Chad, in refugee camps set up by the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). After the first phase of emergency, a slow process of integration between the refugee population and the local communities began.

The program implemented by ACRA is part of a development plan which aims to reduce dependency of the refugee populations on the temporary facilities helping them to become independent from a social and economic perspective. Since 2010, various interventions have been launched with the aim to improve the living conditions of the displaced communities and the local communities living in the vicinity of the camps. The three main refugee camps are: Gorè, Maro and Haraze. In 2013 the interventions were articulated on issues such as primary education, community self-management, food security and income generation.


 

OBJECTIVES

  • Guarantee access to quality primary education to all children of school age.
  • Strengthen the mechanisms of self –management and of fair representation of the refugees.
  • Promote participatory assessment and community mobilization of the refugees.

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Implementation of a campaign to sensitize school attendance of boys and girls.
  • Training workshops and seminars for teachers and school directors.
  • Training at level 2 of the community teachers.
  • Distribution of learning materials.
  • Monitoring and guidance in income generating activities created by the refugee committees and by the parents associations for self-funding of schools.
  • Lobbying and planning with the Ministry of Education in view of a greater direct implication of the institutions in the management of school activities and in bearing the costs (teachers' fees, etc).

 

IMPACT

Goré

 

  • 3,595 schoolchildren in the refugee camps and 3,722 schoolchildren in the villages;
  • 893 shepherd children;
  • 68 teachers in the refugee camps and 57 teachers in the villages;
  • 17 APEs and AMEs;
  • 1 IDEN (district inspectorate of national education) and related services;
  • 14 refugee camp committees;
  • The populations of 3 refugee camps (UNHCR data) : 31,174 people.

 

Maro

  • 3,228 schoolchildren in the refugee camps and 1,115 schoolchildren in the villages;
  • 61 teachers in the refugee camps and 18 teachers in the villages;
  • 6 APEs and AMEs;
  • 1 IDEN (district inspectorate of national education) and related services;
  • 5 refugee camp committees;
  • The populations of 3 refugee camps (UNHCR data): 16,178 people.

Haraze

  • 1,261 schoolchildren in the refugee camps and 2,218 schoolchildren in the villages;
  • 14 teachers in the refugee camps and 16 teachers in the villages;
  • 7 APEs and AMEs
  • 1 IDEN (district inspectorate of national education) and related services;
  • 7 refugee camp committees;
  • 64 groups of market gardeners;
  • The populations of 3 refugee camps (UNHCR data): 6,102 people.

Indirect beneficiaries:
The populations of the 6 camps for central African refugees for a total of over 57,400 people.
The populations of 3 Districts : 111,459 people in Nya Pendé, 11,103 in the district of Haraze-Mangueigne, 128,000 in the Grand Sido, for a total of 250,562 local inhabitants.


 

SUSTAINABILITY

With this project, 40 self-management community structures have been strengthened and have enabled the operation of the schools involved; thanks to the economic benefits which they are able to generate, the micro-enterprise committees financially support the schools, by paying the running costs (teachers' fees and other cost) and the regular school activities.

In the course of these years, basic services in the schools have been guaranteed such as: drinking water, toilets and brick classrooms to replace the traditional straw huts.


 

PROGRAM SUMMARY

Total value:
1° years 498,589 USD
2° years 1,192,608 USD
3° years 1,073,936 USD
4° years 669,261.64 USD

5° years 864,830.05 USD
6° years 854,966.00 USD
7° years 758,831.66 USD

Principal funder:

unhcr  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Other funders:

ue   European Commission - LRRD (Linking Relief and Rehabilitation to Development)

 

WFP - World Food Programme
UNICEF
Chad Relief Foundation (CRF)
BITeB – Banco Informatico Tecnologico e Biomedico