UNHCR Education Project, Ghana
Conflict in neighbouring Ivory Coast and several natural disasters have all contributed to the plight of Ivorian refugees fleeing to Ghana. More than 5,000 of this vulnerable group are children, and of concern to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Education is seen as vital to protecting and enhancing the future prospects of these young people. Supported by a €100,000 donation from the Lebara Foundation, UNHCR Ghana has been able to further open up access to education for young refugees, through a programme of support and investment.
A total of 11,300 exercise books, 1,830 school uniforms and more than 6,000 pens and pencils have been bought, and several more classrooms have been built to support refugee children. Transport costs to and from school have been subsidised, and the Ghanaian curriculum has been integrated with the Ivorian.
Forty Liberian refugee teachers have been trained to become professional educators, and 56 more volunteer teachers are now in post, passing on vital academic and vocational skills.
As a result of this vital work, the UNHCR in Ghana has opened access to a safe education for more than 2,000 more refugee children. A total of 430 of the very youngest are now enrolled in nurseries, giving them the best possible start in life.