#OpenDoor education for refugees in East Africa

by Xavier Project
#OpenDoor education for refugees in East Africa

 Refugees are generally seen as a burden and their children usually receive little positive attention at school, notwithstanding the fact that many of them require language, remedial learning and psycho-social support. It is with this in mind that Xavier Project has been offering support to the students to help them catch up.We belive that language support will boostthe childrens selfesteem ,intergration and also their overall school grades.

"I never thought I would  have the oppurtuinty to stand in front of my class and read a whole paragraph in English....I just cant belive that I did it this time I did it...and in addition I made my parents very proud"....( Congolese Student Kimbo primary School)

The strategic goal of Xavier Project’s Education Department is that refugees have access to quality education delivered in a safe environment. Many refugee children usually join school with inadequate language skills in their new host country. This naturally disadvantages them in catching up with local curriculum needs, while also limiting their socio-cultural adjusting. 

To this end, one of the recent innovations is the piloting of Community-based Children Learning Centres which especially aim to boost refugee children’s literacy development. One such center has been established at Kitengela, a densely-populated dusty town with a significant Congolese refugee community presence, located in Kajiado County, 30 kilometers south of Nairobi. This centre is serving over 250 children per week providing extra individualised educational and psychosocial support to overcome some of the challenges they face. It also provides an opportunity for children to build their talents such as art, music and sports. Having identified many youth who are over age and are unable to join primary schools, an Accelerated Learning opportunities are being explored so that they are able to sit for their national exams ( KCPE and KCSE) through the Adult Education Department of the Ministry of Education.


It is noteworthy that improvements in the children’s English and Kiswahili has had a positive impact on their overall school performance, but an objective comparative analysis will be done at end of Term 2 to validate these claims by teachers and parents..


Thank you very much for your continued support and we hope that one day this report will be done by one of the beneficieries .

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Building the new Tamuka hub in Kakuma
Building the new Tamuka hub in Kakuma


It has been a busy beginning to 2017 for Xavier Project as we continue to work hard in East Africa to improve the rights of refugees through education. Over the last year we have expanded beyond urban areas to meet the needs of refugee communities in rural settlements. In Kakuma Refugee Settlement, Kenya this has been primarily through the work of the Tamuka department which aims to make vocational and life-long learning available to all refugees, primarily through the use of ICT. 


In the last few months the building of a new Tamuka hub has been underway through a partnership with SAVIC who had additional space and permission to build a structure. Thanks to the support of UNHCR who are supporting the funding of the hub we will be able to create a safe space that will serve local refugee communities, especially young people, with opportunities to improve digital literacy. We are looking forward to partnering with CBOs (Community Based Organisations) and refugee led groups around the camps with the aim to reach out to 3500 refugees in 2 years with digital programs as well as potentially working with GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit - German development agency) on additional courses including, Adult Literacy, Literacy, Numeracy, Maternal care, Sexual Reproductive Health and Financial Literacy. It is a very exciting venture which is setting the foundations for a productive year ahead in Kakuma!


The Education department in Kenya has had a busy start to the year enrolling almost exactly 300 students into primary and 200 students in to secondary schools across the country. We have also continued to work closely with school graduates. In 2016 Xavier Project had 39 students sit for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, mostly in Nairobi. To coincide with the release of the examination results we hosted an event for outgoing form Fours. This was a time to gather the students to promote existing post-secondary opportunities for refugee students and to encourage them to utilise the courses available at their local Tamuka hubs. Out of the 38 students 10 qualified to join public universities, 10 joined College Diploma Courses or Vocational Training Courses and the rest are seeking employment. We will continue to support these students as they seek to build on their education and work towards better futures.


With widespread famine in South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia the number of refugees in Kenya is increasing at an alarming rate. The need to support these vulnerable communities has never been so great. Our dedicated team continues to work hard everyday to reach more refugees and improve their rights and opportunities through education. Thank you for believing in our vision and for supporting this important work.

Students' successes in KCSE exams
Students' successes in KCSE exams


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