Currently, there are an impressive 2,001 pupils enrolled between Inyau, African Childcare, Supiri and Longamere in Uganda. Established in 2017, the accelerated education programme in Imvepi refugee settlement in receives funding from the European Commission. Despite the ceasefire that was signed in 2017 in South Sudan, the humanitarian crisis has lead to people seeking refuge in Uganda. Most new arrivals are being settled in ‘Omugu, Rhino camp, in Arua district.’ Relief Web.
4 million people have been displaced. In addition, seven million people are in urgent need of assistance by humanitarian organisations since South Sudan’s independence.
Education and the Accelerated Education Programme
The Interagency Education in Emergencies working group strategizes on the integration of humanitarian and development interventions in- Early Childhood Development. Focused on primary, secondary, and tertiary education. In addition to accelerated and vocational learning they allow for and other non-formal education for refugees and host communities. INEE is a network of more than 14,000 individual members and 130 partner organizations in 190 countries.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) defines fundamental human rights that are to be universally protected. Article 26 of the Declaration States unequivocally that everyone has the right to education
Education as a Human Right
A number of humanitarian organisations have been working to develop the Uganda Education Response Plan for Refugee and Host Communities. A copy of the plan is available here Uganda Education Response The aims of the plan are to establish realistic targets that can be implemented to ensure learning outcomes for refugees and host community children and young people in Uganda.
An eleven-year-old from South Sudan attends schools in the Imvepi refugee settlement along with her siblings. If access to an education was not available in this way, this family would not have been able to continue their studies because of having been displaced.
“I like the teachers and classes here, it is better than in South Sudan. I can now speak proper English and ask questions, unlike before,” she says. “I am also happy that our new class has enough desks to sit at. We can listen to the teacher without getting tired.” Poni Grace