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Refugee camp school keeps the youth active

  • Finn Church Aid provides secondary school teaching for refugee students, so that they can keep a certain level of normalcy in their lives until they return home to Ivory Coast. At the beginning of October Finn Church Aid provided the students with new school uniforms.

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  • Nimba, Liberia.
    Ivorian refugee students were happy to receive French books at Bahn refugee camp secondary school in the beginning of October. The school is supported by Finn Church Aid.

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  • Students helped unloading the truck that had travelled all the way from Ivory Coast to the refugee camp in Liberia.

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  • The school was opened at the refugee camp in April 2012, supported by Finn Church Aid. Qualified Ivorian teachers, refugees themselves, are in charge of the daily teaching.

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  • Teaching follows the Ivorian curriculum and the materials are similar to those provided in the refugees’ homeland.

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  • Forty-four children have been registered at the day care centre of the school. Average attendance has been twenty-two children per day. Finn Church Aid has collected toys for the day care centre’s need.

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  • Seventeen students passed the final exams that teachers organized with the support of Finn Church Aid. The graduates are now aspiring to access a scholarship program for further education and to get the upper secondary degree validated in Ivory Coast.

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Text and photos: Ulla Tarkka