IAFR IS HELPING BUILD EBENEZER ACADEMY IN DZALEKA REFUGEE CAMP.
There are approximately 18,000 school aged children in Dzaleka Refugee Camp, but as of 2019, there was only space for 4,269 students (2,085 girls, 2184 boys) to attend the elementary and high school provided by the government. Even with the low percentage of students attending school, class sizes can be more than 150 students to 1 teacher.
The dangers of not attending school for children and youth in the camp are real. Continued education from primary to secondary school limits child labor, sexual exploitation, and child marriage.
Ebenezer Academy is the vision of a group of refugee leaders to address the challenge of education in Dzaleka Refugee Camp.
The need is overwhelming, but our refugee partners refuse to give up as they unwaveringly believe this problem is solvable.
Our strategy is to get behind their leadership, experience, and the trust they have built in the community as educators
The classroom offers a place of safety, where children and youth build the hope, knowledge, and skills they need to live productive and independent lives.
The classroom is also a place where children from different tribes and nations learn to understand their shared humanity and see the dignity in all people.
We believe such unity can and will help create a peaceful future in the region.
Our partners at Ebenezer Academy are already working towards the goal of starting classes for the fall 2021 school year. They have purchased the land for the school, constructed the bathrooms for students, and laid the foundation of the first set of classrooms.
The cost of the first phase of construction for Ebenezer Academy is $29,415. This will construct one set of 3 classrooms for preschool classes and another set of classrooms for grades 1-3 along with an office for the staff.
You can help raise awareness of this need, pray, and give financially towards the vision of helping support the educational needs of children in Dzaleka Refugee Camp.
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