The Education Department aims to increase access to quality formal education delivered in a safe environment for refugee children. Xavier Project has been involved in supporting refugee children’s education in Kenya and Uganda since 2008. Access to education is a significant challenge for refugee children in Nairobi and Kampala.
Our research has found that in Nairobi only 66% of primary school-aged refugee children and just 50% of secondary school-aged children were attending school. In Kampala only 35% of primary school-aged refugee children are accessing formal education which drops to 18% at secondary level.
For this reason education is a priority for refugee communities, and continues to be a priority for Xavier Project.
Our Education programmes include:
- Early childhood development
- Sponsorship of primary and secondary school students
- Extra-curricular summer and winter camps
- Library and mobile library
- Adult literacy sponsorship
- Teacher training workshops
- Capacity building for Schools’ Boards of Management
- Annual forums to strengthen partnership with the Ministry of Education
- Community outreach to sensitise people of concern on available education opportunities