Schooling for Sudan Orphan Refugees

 
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Schooling for Sudan Orphan Refugees

Schooling for Sudan Orphan Refugees
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Mohamed El-Tayeb and his students

Mohamed El-Tayeb and his students
Mohamed El-Tayeb (c) now administers the Tagwa Centre school he founded, on land he donated, built by volunteers using local materials for its mud-brick construction, single-story, with five rooms, without a roof, water, or sanitation facilities. Despite its modesty, this is a dream come true for Mr. El-Tayeb and this entire refugee community, and an alternative to distant, expensive, overcroweded public schools. (view small | med | large | orig)

Attracting orphans off the streets, into school

Attracting orphans off the streets, into school
Like the legendary Pied Piper of Hamelin--only with the lure of delicious desert dates, Mohamed El-Tayeb ventures into the dusty streets of his neighborhood of Dar-al-Salam-Taiwidat on the outskirts of Sudan's capital Khartoum. This is his way of attracting boys and girls, mostly orphans, off the streets, into school, and away from a gloomy future at best. (view small | med | large | orig)

The school

The school
'What's different about this school is the feeling of responsibility and ownership this community has for their school,' according to Near East Foundation Regional Director Roger Hardister. 'It is a very good example of the benefits of working with people to improve something they have done themselves, rather than working as an outsider trying to start something new on your own. Here we find real long-term commitments by those involved.' (view small | med | large | orig)

A classroom

A classroom
A strong magnet attracting orphans off the streets, 40 percent of Tagwa Centre school students are orphan children, victims of Sudan's wars, droughts, and famine. About 45,000 displaced people, originally from southern and western parts of the country, live here in chronic poverty with high illiteracy, massive unemployment, and insufficient health services. (view small | med | large | orig)

The students

The students
Total school enrollment is 250, most under 10 years of age. Tuition is $5 a year, plus $20 for books and supplies. There are eight volunteer teachers, usually college students receiving a stipend of $25 a month. (view small | med | large | orig)

A community effort

A community effort
From its beginnings six years ago, the Tagwa Centre school has been a community effort the moment Mr. El-Tayeb went to the community's Popular Committee on which he serves, and presented his idea. It's their only school and a community enterprise, hand-made brick by brick, and built with local labor provided freely. That accounts for the community's evident sense of ownership, pride, dignity. (view small | med | large | orig)

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Project Leader

Roger Hardister

Regional Director, Near East Foundation
Garden City, Cairo, Cairo Egypt

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