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End of Year Report on the Refugee Child Education and Care Programme
As many people, institutions and organizations were stack and did not know what they should to address the problem of refugee children to access education and put in place adequate measures for their protection, PPDR came with an idea of setting a class for refugee children where the initial focus was a transitional progress to enable refugee children from countries where English is not spoken to integrate the Education system in Uganda. This transition was intended to teach refugee children English for six months and then let them go to formal education. Later we realized that there are children who cannot access the already existing education system in Uganda as they are too poor to access both the Government Universal Primary Education and the privateschools and actually these are the majority of the refugee children in Kampala.
And this explained why we started the idea of Primary School for refugee children in Kampala which is being run by PPDR Uganda and where more than 300 children have access education this year 2013.
At PPDR Uganda offices, we managed to put in place four classes which are from Primary One up to Primary. The school starts from 8:00 am and ends at 1:00pmwith a break time at 10:30 am to 11am. All the four teachers are refugees who have been given the task to play their part of responsibility to work for the better of refugee communities in Uganda.
We also realized that Kampala alone has thousands of refugee children and all of them may not come to PPDR and PPDR may not accommodate them, this explained our move to advocate for the education of the less privileged children in Kampala and eventually in Uganda. Our team joined then the United nations High Commissioner for Refugee which requested the Forum for Education NGOs in Uganda to address the question of education to refugee children under the Education in emergency.
Through this forum, we managed to present the real problem affecting refugees and the correct information on what is on ground as we believed that the access to this information will help to make right decisions towards the wellbeing of refugee children.
This year we managed to give the necessary information to both the UNHCR and the Uganda government and our position about the education of refugee children in Uganda. Many among the urgent things we proposed are to be implemented by both the UNHCR and the Uganda Government such as the overcharging refugees like migrants in schools, the translation of refugee school papers, the equation of refugee papers, the accurate statistics of refugee children in schools and the coordination of the Education in Emergency which should ensure that each refugee child is in school.
At the beginning of this year we had the following objectives:
Tospeak on behalf of refugee children in Uganda to both UNHCR and the Uganda Government,
To set up a model of a primary school which other organization can learn from,
To protect 300 refugee children in school and to draw a line of simulation between refugee children and other vulnerable children in the communities,
We are glad to see that all these were achieved apart from the last which we only managed to offer education to 90 children at ago in our four classes yet the intention was to have a primary school of seven classes offering education to 300 children at ago.
The money raised
So far from May 2013 up to now we have managed to raise a total amount 85$ USA from three donors. We greatly thank them for this wonderful support and we hope to use for the rent of the space we are using as we have a long outstanding unpaid rent arrears of four (4) months and each month we pay 500$ USA.
This year despite the fact that we have struggling to do our best, we faced number of challenges all are connected to funds such as:
Paying for rent for the school and the offices,
Allowances to the teachers and their trainings to make them professionals, up to now our teachers are not paid and this has affected greatly the programme,
Limited books and scholastic materials both for the teachers and the children,
Lack of benches and durable black boards and classes being small comparing to the number of children,
The failure to offer education to grown up children especially those who are between 12 – 16 years and who have never been in school or who are in lower classes,
The failure to add other classes like primary five, six and seven to provide education to teenagers,
For the first time in three years this project managed to earn a permanent post on GlobalGiving which gives us a chance to raise money through the year from different people,
We have a nice office space with a possibility to expand in case the money is available,
We have the opportunity to run Income Generating Activities at the office such as Canteen, Computer Training, Public Secretarial Service, …for self-financial sustainability but we have so far failed to raise the capital,
This project is facing two major threats and which need an urgent solution
Paying for the office rent and class rent in time,
Providing the allowances for the teachers in time,
New Report on PPDR Uganda Refugee Child Care Programme
from May to end of July 2013
This programme started in 2009 and together with you (donors) through our partner GlobalGiving we have been able to help refugees children in Uganda and this has protected many each year. You can view our new video on: http://youtu.be/Bff_6yeRu2A
We managed to pay for the space and classrooms rent for the months of March, April, and May 2013, we have also managed to offer small motivation allowances to the teachers but not on regular basis.
We bought four (4) blackboards, 30 benches and a variety of books both for the students and the teachers. Currently the school has the national curriculum and other teaching aid which are used here in Uganda.
Our teachers attended a one day training which was organized by Xavier Project and have received twice others teachers from different schools to discuss and guide them on the Uganda Education System,
Both refugee and other vulnerable children in the communities have increased day to day and this has offered a protection to the most vulnerable who could have been abused if they were left at home or on the streets.
PPDR Uganda advocacy team is well represented in all the discussions which are taking place here in Uganda on refugee education issues and which involve the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Uganda Government and other NGOs. Most of the PPDR Uganda recommendations on the Education of refugee children have been taken into consideration for a new policy which will come out on the education of refugee children.
The Xavier Project has done a great job at PPDR Uganda by helping children with reading exercises every Tuesday so that children can pick up and develop the reading culture.
The staff members who are involved in education have been so much hard working and committed to the maximum to ensure the programme runs well.
Despite these positive and encouraging signals which are visible at PPDR Uganda, currently the refugee child care programme is facing number of challenges:
We have not been able to pay regularly and on time the rent for school space, as per now we have not yet paid for the space from June, July and now August 2013.
Our teachers are not having allowances and sometimes when they are sick, the school cannot even offer the help they need. In classes they don’t have a table for their documents and no chair to sit on. And teachers have not received regular trainings.
Children have increased in numbers especially these days because of high influx of new refugees from the East parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo and yet since these few months we have not yet received any funds to put in place the basic necessities as consequence some children are sitting on the floor in classes.
We have been facing the challenge of pulling the UNHCR closer to us in this programme so that we can work together, UNHCR is not yet cooperative.
We are still facing the challenge of children getting sick while at school and in some cases they really don’t have anyone at home to look after them, especially the unaccompanied minors and those from poorest families. Children cannot have access to clean water while at school because we have not yet managed to finish the project of school canteen and we have not yet managed to construct more latrines.
Despite the above mentioned challenges and the success we have achieved there is still plenty of opportunities ahead of us which we can maximize.
The high motivation of refugee teachers who are eager to move forward amidst the challenges faced by refugee children, their endurance and sense of sacrifice is a part which we can work on to make things better, in other words the human resource is there.
PPDR Uganda is the first organization and the leading organization in Uganda to offer this form of education to refugees and this will help us to guide and partner with other actors in the refugee education sector in the future.
PPDR Uganda advocacy team can push for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to start implementing its Education Strategic Plan for the year 2013 – 2016 which will help many refugee children to benefit from this plan.
We have the children and the organization is strategically located at the center of the areas which are mostly concentrated areas for refugees in Kampala, so this makes children to easily access the offices for education.
In terms of contributions or donations, we are now permanently on Global Giving site which makes us get funds from the donors and which goes directly to project.
This programme is facing the following threats:
The failure to pay regularly and on time for the office/Space rent will push the landlord to terminate the tenancy agreement with us,
The failure to offer minimum allowances to the teachers and other staff members who are involved in the education programme will demotivate many among them and this will make us loose the experienced personnel.
The lack of adequate and convenience furniture in classes such as desks, tables, blackboards many other equipment which will help us to create a conducive learning environment may discourage some children form coming to school.
The inability to respond to specific needs of particular refugee and needy children may wound our desire to offer education to all refugee children especially the most vulnerable.
So far we have discovered that it is possible to offer education to refugee children, currently all actors in the refugee education have seen that through this initiative at PPDR, and this was done in conjunction between PPDR Uganda and you who are currently our donors, especially those who have sacrificed their little money for this idea.
We currently need more efforts from our donors so that we can solve the challenges we are facing. Most of the challenges are caused by the limited funds which can be solved in two ways. More commitment from the donors and more donors coming in and then PPDR Uganda should put in place small income generating activities to help the school.
Lastly we have also managed to produce every month our E-News Letter, could you be interested to subscribe send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org , you can also join us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Peopleforpeacedefenserights
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May God Bless you all
Kulihoshi Musikami Pecos
On the 15th of May some staff members of PPDR and interns set off for a field work around Kisenyi were most of the refuges reside. In this fieldwork we visited and talked to many refugees about some of the challenges they are meeting as refugees in Uganda.
Among the families we met, there was this family of nine children who lost their parents during the war and they were left homeless with a very bad life. They were left with their eldest sister Marine a 20 year old who is now in charge of the siblings.
Life is hard for Marine since she has to work so hard and tirelessly so as to meet her siblings’ needs who at times don’t understand what their sister goes through to provide for them and therefor they just ask her for all their necessities without being considerate.
Marine has to care of the rent costs, buy food, pay school for the school going children, medical care and more so she also has personal needs to take care of.
It is the too much responsibility that has caused Marine to devise means of surviving, whereby she tries to plait people’s hair but the money she gets out of that is not enough for their needs. According to Marine she could try out something else but the problem is that they are never supported by the natives around them who don’t even understand their language so this makes their businesses flop.
So after trying everything in vain Marine has resorted to prostitution as the only source of income available for her but even then Marine says that prostitution has instead worsened her life since the neighbors around her abuse, mock and laughs at her because of her job. Besides the insults she gets from people she is also at a risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. More so Marine complains that at times she is not paid after offering the services and thus being just sexually exploited.
Marine is tired of this kind of lifestyle but she has no option since it is the only way left for her to get some money and help her siblings’ who largely depend on her.
In this situation studying is not seen as the first priorities for Marine but getting some sources of income so that she can pay for the house rent, respond to the needs of her siblings, getting food for the whole family and her personal needs also. PPDR believes that one among the best to help Marine is to offer scholarships to her siblings, give her some money to run an income generating activity, then later offer her counseling services and encourage her to join our English Programme at PPDR and also help her to acquire new skills such as tailoring and craft through the connections which PPDR is currently building up.
A single contribution to this project will do a great work for these cases which we have in common for teenage mothers and child mothers.
REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF THE CHILD CARE PROJECT AT PPDR UGANDA
Since April 2013 children sat for their exams for the end of the first term. A total number of 97 children did the exams, others failed to do the exams for various reasons as they were sick, were taken to different offices for refugee determination process or their parents had shifted to a long distance and had no money to pay for their transport to the school. The performance in the four classes was very good except in primary three where pupils performed poorly.
The children are coming back to school on 27th May, 2013 and we are focusing on the following:
We want to register fifty (50) more children by the end of this month in order to make a total number of 150 children. Announcements have been made and from May 20th, 2013 they will be posted in different refugee concentrated areas in Kampala.
We have bought ten (10) books which are teaching guide and grammar books for the teachers and have also acquired one black board.
We have managed to recruit one teacher and now they are making a total on four (4) teachers.
We have built up another class on the side of the veranda at the office and this will help to divide the last class into two and now we shall have P3 and P4 separate right from May 27th when the children report back.
We have also started a counseling programme for children and young people especially for those who have traumatic situations. This is currently being run by two interns from Uganda Christian University, they are also looking at giving information to young people about the Income Generating Activities, especially the teenage mothers. These two interns will be at PPDR up to end August 2013. The teenage mothers who are also covered by this programme have received two interns from the Netherlands who are with them up to June 2013 who are looking for different ways to reduce stigma which these people are facing. On this we have managed to make a partnership with the organization called Enlightened Youth for Empowerment to provide skills to the teenage mothers and other young people. The trainings are not totally free, there are very little money attached to them and we are looking forward what we can do as an organization.
Currently we become part of the focus group which is working on the policy issue for the education in emergency where refugee children are the main target. The focus group brings together the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) the Ministry of Education and the Forum for Education and NGOs in Uganda (FENU) and other organization working on the education to refugees.
PPDR has managed to come up with a position paper about the education to refugees which we have already sent to FENU. This position paper is the third report which were posting on this Global Giving website by the end of this week. Still PPDR has organized one meeting bringing together Seven (7) refugees grass root organizations in order to come up with one voice during the FENU meeting on 28th May, 2013.
The major challenges we are facing now are the following:
Not paying the landlord on time because of the lack of funds, we are to pay him from April up to June 2013 we hope that most of the money we raised for the Global Giving Open Challenge will be invested in the rent for the school. Currently we have to pay 550$ USA each single month.
Not proving regular allowances to teachers, teachers have not been paid their allowances since April 2013 and this is a big problem as some may be tempted to resign,
Offering medical treatment to children who are sick both at home and the parents cannot afford their treatment or at school when the parents are not there.
These are the major problems which are spending a lot of money from the programme.The full report and some pictures are on the attachment.
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