Hopelessness is growing as the decades drag on for the nearly one million Somalis in refugee camps in the Horn of Africa. Now in its third decade, the Somali refugee crisis is among the most protracted in the world. A third generation of refugees are being born in exile, and 1.1 million are displaced within Somalia itself. 245,000 refugees live in the Dadaab camps, which is the second-largest such complex in the world.
Since 2014, OLE has worked in partnership with UNHCR and established the Community Learning Centres program that has three teams of Somali coaches working with youth in the Dagahaley, Hagadera, and Ifo communities. So these children and youth are not facing emergence as a 'lost generation', OLE's Planet Learning system provides a personalized, team-supported approach, with Somali learning resources and career pathways for these young people to be inspired with power, meaning and connection.
During the past 4 years, the Community Learning Program has been transformative in the displaced and disrupted lives of more than 6000 Somali children and their families. As monthly field reports state, the program fills the gaping hole of the lack of educational resources, teachers and connection. OLE's offline learning innovation--rich multimedia library, tools for course development and assessment modules--has proven to motivate all learners in the camp so they can continue to grow + thrive
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