There are two schools in the Dar Es Salam camp, which provide pre-school and primary education to 2,600 refugee children and to a group of children from the host community. Close to half of the teachers working in these schools have been deployed by the State, the rest having come from the community. Maintaining satisfactory enrolment and attendance rates has constituted a challenge due to climactic conditions, the learning environment and the livelihoods situation of families requiring assistance, to name but a few. In 2016, school feeding for 1,978 children was provided during most of the school year and has helped improve attendance by almost 80 per cent.
In 2017, additional classrooms will be built to bring the number of fully functional classrooms to 43 in the primary schools. These will be equipped with table benches and additional water points will constructed. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, advocacy will be carried out to deploy and train additional teachers in subjects ranging from principles of international protection and trauma support to disease prevention and subject teaching methods. Educational materials including school kits and recreational kits will be distributed to all pupils and teachers, who will be encouraged participate in activities aimed at ensuring a safe learning environment. These will include awareness-raising on child recruitment and SGBV prevention and response. Parent-Teacher associations will be strengthened with a view to encouraging greater community participation and ownership in the management of the schools. A skills training centre aimed at providing three-month courses will be constructed in the camp and will offer training in carpentry, tailoring and motorcycle mechanics. To ensure these efforts contribute in a lasting manner to the region’s development and to secure progress made to date, peacebuilding activities will be carried out to promote peaceful coexistence between refugees and host communities.