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Build an English school in Nakivale Refugee camp

by Choose Yourself
Build an English school in Nakivale Refugee camp


Choose Yourself in partnership with Ubumwe Foundation is raising funds to build an English school and provide English lessons to Burundian refugees in Nakivale Camp. Uganda being an English speaking country, Burundian refugees in the camp have been struggling to integrate as they speak French. Our target is the youth between 6 to 17 with a focus on young girls.

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The Nakivale settlement, one of the oldest refugee encampments in Uganda has welcomed more than 100,000 refugees from Burundi since the Burundian crisis started in 2015. During our volunteer work at the camp, we saw how the worst place to be a girl( a woman) is a refugee camp. The main central issue that touched us the most was the lack of accessing education. We met young girls not in school because on top of lack of school fees and the language barrier: transitioning from French to English


We know education can make a difference. While our most ambitious plan is to build a school in the camp that will receive these girls and other kids for free, we can't just wait as we gather enough resources and knowledge to move forward with that. We will introduce a new one-year English program for Burundian youth as an early measure, before accessing primary and secondary system school. The program will have two levels: beginner and intermediate levels. Each level will be taught in 31 weeks.

Long-Term Impact

At the end of their first year, Students will be able to: (1) speak and listen, to explore, extend, clarify and reflect on their thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experience - (2) communicate information and ideas effectively and clearly, and to respond personally and critically. - (3) select, read and view with understanding a range of literature, information, media, and visual arts; (4)respond critically to a range of texts, applying their understanding of language, form, and genre.



Organization Information

Choose Yourself

Location: Portland, ME - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @ChooseYourself2
Project Leader:
judicaelle Irakoze
Portland, ME United States

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